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Gaming giants EA to open centre in Galway

Us-based computer gaming company Electronic Arts (EA) is to create 200 jobs when it breaks into the Irish market next year.

EA is to open a European customer service and operations centre for its Bioware studio in Galway.

Welcoming the investment, which is being supported by IDA, the Republic's inward investment agency, Taoiseach Brian Cowen said: "EA is the global leader in interactive entertainment and a very important addition to the thriving games industry in Ireland."

"The new Irish location for Bioware will help us get closer to our fans in Europe," said Dr Ray Muzyka, senior vice president, EA and group general manager, Bioware. "Galway gives us the right mix of solid technology infrastructure and international recruitment opportunities as we continue bringing the highest quality gaming experiences to market."

EA will maintain its existing Bioware studio locations in Edmonton, Montreal, Fairfax, Virginia and Austin, Texas. The new Galway operation is expected to be up and running in 2011 and will initially employ approximately 200.

The new Irish company is a wholly owned subsidiary of EA.