Zynga Expands to Seattle

San Francisco-based Zynga this week posted job openings for Web engineers in Seattle, signifying that the social games juggernaut is expanding to the Northwest, already a hotbed of game design. Though the company has been on an acquisition binge lately—buying Bonfire Studios in Dallas, Challenge Games in Austin, Conduit Labs in Cambridge, MA, Dextrose in Frankfurt, Germany, Unoh in Tokyo, XPD in Beijing—it has not had a presence in the Seattle area, home to Big Fish Games, Bungie, Nintendo of America, PopCap, Sony Online Entertainment, Valve Software, and many other game makers. VentureBeat reports that Zynga has confirmed that it plans to open a Seattle office.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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