Social gaming major Zynga has formally launched its Bangalore studio Zynga Studio-I, and announced plans to expand the development work being done, and double headcount in 2011; the expanded studio will develop new game features for its existing games, and also look at full life-cycle game development. Called Studio-I, this will be Zynga’s largest studio outside of the US. The company will look to recruit recruit engineers, product managers, game designers, artists and senior management, but has no mention of its existing head-count, or target. “Double” doesn’t really indicate anything; around 21 job openings are listed at Zynga’s website. Anand Ramachandran, who wrote this great column for MediaNama, will be joining Zynga as a game designer, he tweeted.

Zynga owns and operates popular games like CityVille, FarmVille, Mafia Wars, YoVille and FishVille. Recently, Zynga timed up with MOL AccessPortal Berhad (MOL) to launch dedicated Zynga Game Cards in India (and 5 other countries), allowing users to pay for virtual goods within the games. The tie-up with MOL allows Zynga Game Cards to be available at Sify’s Cybercafes in India, Zapak Gameplex‘ and Reliance WorldsITZ Cash CardsEzp cards, online banking (via CC Avenue), OxiCashPaymate, Paypal (though that option might not be applicable), and even money transfer co’s like Western Union, and MoneyGram.

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