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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Online gaming giant opens HQ in capital

Anne-Marie Walsh

IRELAND was once all about the farming. Now it is increasingly about the 'FarmVille'.

The country's growing reputation as a global hi-tech hub got another boost yesterday when a major online gaming company opened its European headquarters in Dublin.

Zynga, the creators of 'CityVille', 'Cafe World' and the ubiquitous 'FarmVille' games, will recruit extra staff at its existing Dublin office to turn it into its largest operations centre in Europe.

The technology sector got another boost earlier this week when Dell announced it would create 150 jobs in Dublin and Limerick. Facebook, Google, and PayPal are among the major employers located here, and a total of 1,900 new jobs have been announced in the sector by companies including Avaya, EasyLink and Marketo since the start of the year.

Marcus Segal of Zynga said he was attracted to Dublin because a lot of "amazing companies" are already located here.

"If it's good enough for Facebook it's good enough for us, too," he said.

"We'd be crazy not to consider Dublin, it's a fantastic city. The Dublin market for talent has been robust and the talent fantastic."

The announcement came as 1,000 self-confessed computer geeks gathered for a Web Summit in Dublin's RDS.

Irish Independent

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