The IGDA, International Game Developers Association, has conducted a survey of its 2,200 members asking which company they would most like to work for in the video game field. Of course, following in line with the exodus of game developers from major publishers, going indie was also a very popular response, but not number one.
Rather than working for themselves, most game developers would most like to have a job at Valve. No doubt the benefits and security of working for a company has its perks, but “my own company” clocks in at second above the likes of Blizzard, BioWare, and Ubisoft. Here are the top ten companies found by the IGDA’s survey.
2. My own company
3. Activision Blizzard
6. Current employer
8. Naughty Dog
9. Double Fine
10. Bethesda Game Studios
I don’t find this very surprising. Valve has a good reputation for employees and plenty of critical success to make you feel like you’ve accomplished something when closing out for the day. Activision Blizzard also has security and a lot of critical acclaim to its name, especially with the Warcraft series.
BioWare lets you tell fascinating stories, and the staff always seems really chill in developer diaries. Ubisoft just recently experimented in allowing staffers to develop personal projects like Child of Light and Valiant Hearts in between major productions. Hopefully that incentive can attract some new talents into its ranks
Nintendo is of course Nintendo, a great company no matter how you spin it, but how many of the developers speak Japanese, I wonder? On the flip side of the language barrier, Nintendo also does whatever is in its power not to layoff employees when times are bad, a sure fire Japanese company through and through and quite attractive in this day and age of high profile reductions throughout the game industry.
It also seems like plenty of developers are happy right where they are with “current employer” ranking in at number 6.
The only real omission I see here is Ratchet and Clank and Sunset Boulevard developer Insomniac Games. CEO Ted Price’s company frequently earns a lot of praise as one of the best small companies in America to work for in terms of benefits and employee satisfaction.