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Zynga opens India studio

200 staff planned for largest office outside the US

Social game titan Zynga has opened another new studio – this time in Bangalore, India.

Zynga Studio I is to be its biggest headquarters outside of the US, and currently boasts 100 staff. The same number again is due to be added during the course of 2011.

The studio has in fact been open since late 2010, and so far has focused on database tech Membase. Its remit is now to expand, with around half of its incoming new staff being game developers.

Said Zynga's India manager Shan Kadavil to the Times of India, "we expect to tap creative development people from the Bollywood industry." Already on board is renowned animator Dhimant Vyas.

Zynga is now advertising 20 positions in the region, including game designers, artists, QA, product managers and software engineers.

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