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Microsoft-owned 343 Industries currently works out of this office in Kirkland.

Tableau Software is expanding.

The Seattle-based maker of data visualization software has inked a lease in the 24,000 square-foot Kirkland building that currently houses 343 Industries, the Microsoft-owned game studio responsible for the Halo franchise.

TableauRobert Hendrick, director of global real estate and workplace at Tableau, confirmed that the company’s lease at the building starts in April.

“This is to accommodate the continued headcount growth of the company,” Hendrick said.

The Puget Sound Business Journal first reported about Tableau’s expansion.

Tableau already has an Eastside office at the Central Way Plaza in Kirkland — a 10-minute walk from the new building — and renewed its lease for that location earlier this year.

The company, which has seen its stock increase 15 percent in the last year, is rapidly expanding its footprint in Seattle, announcing a huge lease this past July for a new building in the Fremont neighborhood. Tableau, which also has offices in Silicon Valley, Austin, Washington D.C., and eight cities abroad — most recently setting up shop in Shanghai — now employs about 1,200 people in the Seattle region.

Microsoft, meanwhile, will move its 343 Industries team to its headquarters in Redmond, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported.

Bungie, the game company responsible for Halo 1, Halo 2, and Halo 3 that Microsoft acquired in 2000, housed its operations in the 343 building until 2010. Bungie spun off from Microsoft in 2007.

Microsoft created 343 Industries in 2009 to oversee the Halo franchise and moved its subsidiary into the old Bungie space. 343 has since released three Halo games, with Halo 5: Guardians set for debut on Oct. 27.

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