According to Business Insider, Zynga, the makers of the popular Facebook games such as Farmville and Mafia Wars, is starting to focus more on developing and porting games to Android. The company has posted up a job opening for a "Software Engineer - Android." Google was rumored to have invested in Zynga back in July, with plans for a future "strategic partnership."
Business Insider reports that Zynga has made no formal announcements regarding which games will receive a port to Android, if any.
The job posting on their site here reveals the experience they are looking for, which tells us a little bit about what to expect in the future:
The best candidates will have solid experience developing mobile applications utilizing for either iPhone or Android devices. Facebook platform and scaling experience is a huge plus.
This candidate will be addressing critical issues on some of our biggest game titles, which have several million users across multiple social networks. You must be able to write coherent, organized code and be comfortable working on a complicated code-base with high levels of abstraction.
It seems that gaming for Android is starting to really pick up, considering EA's interest, as well as Ngmoco, OpenFeint, and news of upcoming Unreal Engine 3 support. What may be most surprising is Google CEO Eric Schmidt's earlier doubts that "serious gaming" on Android has a future.
Androinica believes that "Farmville would be the first Android-based game from Zynga provided that it is fit to release, but other titles like Frontier Ville and Mafia Wars could make their way to Android."
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Source: Business Insider