PopCap expands to Windows Phone in hiring spree

PopCap expands to Windows Phone in hiring spree

By Rob Crossley

January 11th 2011 at 8:05AM

Plant vs Zombies studio to double size of 60-man studio

Casual outfit PopCap Games is looking to surge its studio workforce in Dublin, the group has told Develop.

Paul Breslin, general manager of the Dublin studio, said PopCap currently hires 60 staff at the Ireland office but is “looking to double in size in the next three or so years”.

He said the headcount rise comes as PopCap “looks toward social and connecting our users across multiple platforms”.

“At the moment in Dublin we’re predominantly involved in smartphone development, so we are the centre of excellence for PopCap’s smartphone work globally,” Breslin added.

“Our iPhone and soon-to-be Android and Windows Phone 7 products are sold around the globe.  The future of gaming will be in the connectedness of the user experience so it’s important to us.”

In an interview with Develop, published today, Breslin explained the Dublin studio was founded five years ago, with just nine staff onboard. He also took questions on the state of Ireland in general.