Zynga Inc., the world’s largest social game developer, today announced the launch of Zynga Studio-I in Bangalore. After commencing operations in India more than a year ago, the expanded studio will develop new game mechanics, in-game features and creative elements to serve users across the array of popular games that make up Zynga’s portfolio. Zynga also announced plans to double the headcount in India during 2011.As the largest Zynga studio outside of the US, Studio-I will focus on game development to create new features that will engage players. Additionally, the studio will be involved in full life-cycle game development.
Known across the globe for its widely popular games such as CityVille, FarmVille, Mafia Wars, YoVille and FishVille, Zynga addresses more than 250 million users month on month.
The expansion of Studio-I comes on the heels of the recent launch of Zynga Game Cards in India, which provide an easy way for players to purchase virtual goods within games. Company representatives said that these user-focused initiatives would continue, along with activities such as fan and community events.
With respect to Studio-I, Zynga India has plans to continue recruiting engineers, product managers, game designers, artists and senior management to strategically grow operations. They are looking at professionals with an eye for gaming and experience of handling large volume environments, graphics, networking, cloud computing and security among other competencies.
“In only one year, India has made exciting advancements in technology that have truly improved efficiency for the entire company,” said Shan Kadavil, Country Manager, Zynga India. “With the launch of Studio-I, we are expanding our capabilities to leverage the amount of creative talent based in India for new features within Zynga’s popular games. We are looking for more people with an entrepreneurial drive combined with engineering and artistic skills to join our exciting and growing team.”