Zynga expands to new global headquarters in San Francisco: More jobs incoming?

Townsend Center
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that social gaming colossus Zynga has signed a 7-year lease on a new location for their imperial stronghold global headquarters. Located at 8th and Townsend Streets in the city by the bay, 270,000 of the 650,000 square foot Townsend Center, a TMG Partners building, will belong to Zynga.

The move in from 365 Vermont Street begins in Spring 2011 to the sprawling Townsend Center, complete with wellness center and company cafe, which hopefully will fit however many of the company's 1,200 employees who will be stationed there. Over the past two years, the creator of FarmVille has grown from 398 employees in September 2009 to its current number in September 2010 with offices worldwide in Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Baltimore, Bangalore, Beijing, Tokyo and recently Frankfurt.

"As a 15-year San Francisco resident, I value the city's unique ability to attract the combination of top creative and tech talent that enables innovation," said Zynga CEO Mark Pincus (wait a tick). "Our new headquarters will capture our culture of collaboration, creativity and fun. I want to thank the Mayor for being an outstanding partner in making our new headquarters become a reality."

While Zynga is obviously excited about the move for financial and creative reasons (and more office space!), Mayor Newsom is just thankful for the company's potential "to flourish, keep and grow jobs in San Francisco." With two office buys in the past week with one having room for some 2,000 employees, according to Venture Beat, somebody might be hiring again.

[Image Credit: Michelle Gachet San Francisco Chronicle]

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