would rather work for Valve than run their own studio, according to a survey by the International Game Developers Association. There's good reason the company behind Half-Life
and the game platform Steam is so popular, says GameSpot
. Among other things, it has an informal hierarchy (people "don't have bosses"), an open vacation policy and strongly encourages collaboration. Valve's also a private company, meaning it doesn't face the same kind of investor pressure that companies like Electronic Arts do. Click here to find game developer jobs. All is not paradise there
, however: "The one thing that I found out the hard way is that there is, there is actually a hidden layer of powerful management structure in the company. And it feels--felt--a lot like high school," a former employee, Jeri Ellsworth has said, according to GameSpot. She was let go from the company in February 2013.
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Here's the IDGA's list of best game companies to work for
2. My own company
3. Activision Blizzard
6. Current employer
8. Naughty Dog
9. Double Fine
10. Bethesda Game Studios