Moving On

 Due to the nature of information in the games industry this post is going to be intentionally vague.

Today is my last day as an employee of Starbreeze studios, incidentally (actually, not quite so incidentally) it is also exactly five years since I was employed. Time sure does fly, I have been a part of four productions since then but I still have vivid memories of my first few months in Uppsala.

Describing it, times sound like they were pretty harsh. The first couple of months I slept on a couch outside of my office more often than I slept in the hostel we lived, after that I lived in a small room where I couldn’t prepare food so I spent most of my time at the office anyway since I had nearly no money and couldn’t afford to eat out. I thought it was pretty great though – during my times at Gotland University I had been involved in a lot of different things that all took up time, it felt really good to be able to focus all my energies on a single project for a change. Also, I learned a lot and got to hang out with really talented people, so at the time I did not think I would ever want to leave.

Even if you can’t feel it passing, though, time changes things. I had dreamed of working with games since I was very young, so now when I was finally there it became time to re-evaluate my dreams and goals. After talking a lot to my superiors and trying different things, it became clear to me that I wanted to go in a different direction than Starbreeze. Rather than spending my time fighting a plan I did not agree with I would let more experienced people decide what to do and try to find a place with a plan I could agree with.

I am not sure what to do now, actually – though I am not done with games, not by far. I have toyed with the idea of joining the ever-growing independent crowd, but there is also something in the AAA games industry you cannot really experience anywhere else.

Time will tell, but finding out where to go next and hopefully again gaining more focus will be a welcome experience.

2 Comments so far

  1. Johan on October 12th, 2010

    Congratulations to you! Quiting a job is (mostly) not an easy decision. Especially if you don’t know what to do when the employment ends 🙂

    I have just quit my job as well and are now working my last week as an employee. Me and a friend have decided to make a joint venture and will run our own business. I have had my own business for almost 10 years now but have never relied on it as my main income.

    I’m sure exiting times awaits for both of us. Good luck with your future venture and let us know where you are heading! 🙂

  2. Saint on October 12th, 2010

    Hey, cool =)

    Good luck with your new company!

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