Zynga to Build Next Generation Offshore Center in Bangalore, Tap India Online Game Market

February 18, 2010

Social game provider, Zynga, has said it plans to expand its operations from its base in the U.S. to a center in India. Not surprising, since Bangalore, India heralds the title – the world’s outsourcing hub.

The Bangalore center will concentrate on infrastructure support for the Zynga game delivery and game development. Zynga India manager Shan Kadvil said in a statement that the game provider will be hiring more than 100 engineers in a period of one year: “We would move in a phased manner. To start with, we are looking at hiring 100 engineers. We would start with the industry professionals who have prior experience in cloud, distributed networking. This approach would be manifold starting with experienced professionals to graduates from universities and colleges,” CIOL.com reported.

He added, “Our focus will be on building the next generation infrastructure that can handle the tremendous growth of Zynga Games.”

This center is the first of its kind since it’s the first operational unit outside the U.S. for Zynga. The engineers are expected to work on open source processes like Linux kernel and apache issues. Technically, this is not about outsourcing since this work has already been begun at the U.S. site. Of course, the bulk of the work would also include  new applications and new game development companies.

With a rapidly expanding online gaming community in India, Zynga is bent on delivering social games such as Café’ World, Mafia Wars, FarmVille, and FishVille to game players in India.

Looking at the statistics, forty-one percent of Internet users typically played online games in 2008. That figure is up 89 percent from year ago figures, reports the Internet and Mobile Association of India. India has 81 million online users and that figure is rapidly growing. Analysts say that India is expected to take the spot as the third biggest online market behind U.S. and China by 2013.

Jacob Cherian writes for SourcingLine, a leading provider of directories on top web design companies and software development firms.


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