Great news! Today I'm accepting at position to work at Playfish full-time as an Online Content Manager in their San Francisco office. The Online Content Manager is basically a Community Manager, handling all community efforts for their particular game, and I'll be working on the games coming out of the SF office. This comes with just about a week left before my prediction of getting a job before December would be void – I sure cut it close!
Playfish is a Facebook game company that was acquired by EA a year ago for ~$300 million, and the company has created about 20 Facebook games over the years. They're probably most famous for titles like Restaurant City, Hotel City, Pet Society, and most recently have recently released EA IP titles like Madden and Fifa. It's very exciting to see the opportunities that Playfish has, to leverage both original IP, as well as EA portfolio IP's when creating new games.
While Playfish is owned by EA, they still manage to preserve a lot of the startup feel and atmosphere, and in general they're going to just trust me and expect me to do great work. There won't be a lot of hand holding, just the expectation that I'll be creative, collaborate with the team across the board, and do great work. This is what I LOVED about gamerDNA, and I can't wait to do it in a company that still has the backing of a company like Playfish/EA. It's a great opportunity for me to learn more about community in the social gaming atmosphere, as well as a great opportunity to learn more about building communities at a large scale via social media and traditional community efforts. Not to mention the Facebook casual gaming demographic is pretty new for me, so there will definitely be a bit of learning curve that I will have to adjust to.
From the first call I had with Playfish, things felt right. All my conversations with the SF Playfish people were great, with very intelligent and easy to talk to people. You can tell everyone is very talented and passionate about doing great work, but at the same time they want to have a good time doing it. I've even been contacted by folks on the team already, urging me to accept and congratulating me, saying how excited everyone is to have me on board. It feels great to be working at a place where people want me to be there and are excited about working together.
I should be starting next week, and I'll be working from the Playfish office in downtown San Francisco. I'll also get to work at the EA Redwood Shores office occasionally, which will be great because the campus is great and I've got a lot of friends that still work at EARS.
This is just a quick post that I wanted to throw up since I literally just accepted on the phone. In the future I'll be sure to post some more detailed blog posts