Bangalore: Zynga, the largest social game provider, on Wednesday announced it has opened Zynga India in Bangalore, the first office outside the United States. The India operation will focus on game development and large-scale infrastructure to support the delivery of Zynga games to millions of players every day.
Online gaming in India is rapidly expanding, and Zynga India is committed to delivering social games like FarmVille, Mafia Wars, Café World, and FishVille to Indian players.
In India, 41 percent of active Internet users played online games in 2008, up 89 percent from the previous year, according to the Internet & Mobile Association of India. With more than 81 million Internet users, India is projected to become the third largest online market behind China and the U.S. by 2013.
“Social gaming combines the best of web technical talent with game storytelling talent,” said Zynga CEO Mark Pincus. “India offers some of the world’s most sophisticated and rich technical talent bases and we are thrilled to have a local presence.”
Zynga India will add to its current game studios in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Baltimore. Zynga India is looking to recruit computer scientists and engineers who are experienced in building scalable infrastructure to handle more than 70 million daily active users.
“We are excited to be launching the first international facility for Zynga and will be focused on hiring about 100 of the best and brightest over the next year,” said Shan Kadavil, Country Manager, Zynga India. “Our focus will be on building the next generation infrastructure that can handle the tremendous growth of Zynga games.”