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Zynga, the fast-growing maker of social games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars, has just posted a bunch of job openings for a social game studio that it will open in Seattle.

The company plans to hire a number of game developers for the office, according to the listings. The company confirmed that it plans to open an office in Seattle.

San Francisco-based Zynga is one of the fastest-growing gaming companies in history, with more than 1,200 employees now across studios in 12 cities. The company recently took a seven-year lease on a new headquarters in San Francisco’s South of Market district. That office can accommodate as many as 2,000 people.

The new Seattle office is a nod for that region’s growing presence in video games. Nintendo of America and Microsoft have big game operations there, as do independent developers such as PopCap Games.


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In another development, Zynga bought Bonfire Studios of Dallas, Texas, last week for an undisclosed price. A regulatory filing revealed today suggested that the price paid for the studio was $6.4 million. Zynga has bought a number of smaller game makers in the U.S. and abroad, in a strategy which has boosted its ranks of talents and allowed it to quickly establish studio operations in new locations.

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