“What are the best gaming companies of 2016?” we hear you cry! Well we’ve compiled various statistics and reports to give you an idea, as told by past and former workers, as well as public opinion.
In the summer of 2014, the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) published a report indicating the top 10 companies that developers and aspiring game developers would like to work for. This list is below:
After this report, the internet went crazy for the fact that Valve came out on top, even trumping working for yourself, or your own company.
In September 2015, the same report suggested that both Valve and Blizzard remained in spots 1 and 2 (ignoring self-employment), and number 3 was new to the table: Riot Games.
Interestingly, back in 2013, Riot Games ranked higher than Google in the top 25 tech companies to work for. It boasted a company rating of 4.4/5 on Glassdoor (but from an unknown total number of reviews) and CEO, Brandon Beck, had 100% approval (again, from an unknown total). Yet, despite this, it wasn’t within the developers’ top 10 when the IGDA published their report.
It’s in this vein that we wanted to take a look at what current and past employees thought of these highly rated/preferred gaming companies. We headed to Glassdoor, and compiled the three main statistics that make up each company’s reviews (overall rating, CEO approval, and recommend to a friend).
So, here is the ranking of the best gaming companies to work for in 2016, as cited by their employees.
Best Gaming Companies of 2016, by Glassdoor Rating (30+ reviews)
NB: Bethesda Game Studios had zero reviews on Glassdoor, so we have excluded it. Instead, we have included Riot Games; third in 2015, but not in the top 10 in 2014.
Due to the large variation in review totals, we have excluded all companies with less than 30 total reviews. We have left them in this table for comparison’s sake.
Best Gaming Companies of 2016, by CEO approval (30+ reviews)
Best Gaming Companies of 2016, by ‘Would you recommend to a friend?’ (30+ reviews)
So what can we learn from this data?
Well, if Valve wants to keep its top spot amongst video game developers’ aspirations, it needs to encourage more of its employees to submit Glassdoor reviews. Riot Games and Ubisoft employees either have a lot of good to say about their jobs, or their marketing departments are on the case. Either way – Riot Games especially – are doing something right.
While Double Fine and Naughty Dog also both boast impressive review scores, the sample sizes aren’t reliable enough. Apart from Riot Games and Ubisoft, with their large numbers of reviews, Blizzard and Bioware are also ranked fairly highly amongst their workers across the board – plus, Blizzard ranks higher than Ubisoft in terms of overall reviews. Finally, Nintendo (USA) also does pretty well, with a decent amount of reviews, yet the European and Japanese Divisions have some catching up to do.
Do you agree? Where would your dream video game development job be?