Game Time!

Professional video game developers don’t have typical day jobs. At Electronic Arts, one of the world’s largest game makers, ergonomic chairs are replaced by La-Z-Boys, the library is stocked with games, and employees test their products in labs that mimic dorm rooms. The company, which employs 8,000 workers in more than 20 countries, is based in Redwood City, Calif. Its campus in Burnaby, B.C., near Vancouver, houses its largest development studio, however, and has produced some of the biggest video games ever, including the $2.5 billion revenue-generating FIFA Soccer franchise. Although developers pull grueling hours, EA ensures its employees don’t travel far to play street hockey—or get a Shiatsu massage.

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Game Time!

Professional video game developers don’t have typical day jobs. At Electronic Arts, one of the world’s largest game makers, ergonomic chairs are replaced by La-Z-Boys, the library is stocked with games, and employees test their products in labs that mimic dorm rooms. The company, which employs 8,000 workers in more than 20 countries, is based in Redwood City, Calif. Its campus in Burnaby, B.C., near Vancouver, houses its largest development studio, however, and has produced some of the biggest video games ever, including the $2.5 billion revenue-generating FIFA Soccer franchise. Although developers pull grueling hours, EA ensures its employees don’t travel far to play street hockey—or get a Shiatsu massage.

Chris Mueller/Bloomberg Businessweek

Electronic Arts’ Game-Loving Burnaby Campus

At EA’s campus in Canada, gaming is serious business
At EA’s campus in Canada, gaming is serious business

Game Time!

Professional video game developers don’t have typical day jobs. At Electronic Arts, one of the world’s largest game makers, ergonomic chairs are replaced by La-Z-Boys, the library is stocked with games, and employees test their products in labs that mimic dorm rooms. The company, which employs 8,000 workers in more than 20 countries, is based in Redwood City, Calif. Its campus in Burnaby, B.C., near Vancouver, houses its largest development studio, however, and has produced some of the biggest video games ever, including the $2.5 billion revenue-generating FIFA Soccer franchise. Although developers pull grueling hours, EA ensures its employees don’t travel far to play street hockey—or get a Shiatsu massage.

Chris Mueller/Bloomberg Businessweek
Pet Friendly
Pet Friendly

Employees are encouraged to bring pets to work. Even rabbits are invited to camp out at at their owners’ desks. 

Sports Leagues
Sports Leagues

Workday intramurals take place indoors on the basketball court, as well as outdoors on the soccer field and basketball and beach volleyball courts. 

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Gaming
Gaming

Developers get to test their games in homelike setups. The campus also has arcades with pinball, pool, Ping-Pong, and various gaming consoles.

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Library
Library

The Information Resource Center stocks the latest video games, movies, books, magazines, and consoles that workers borrow for free.

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Cafeteria
Cafeteria

The smaller of the two campus cafeterias, the Think Tank, doubles as a lounge area and meeting space. The main cafeteria offers stir-fry, burgers, salads, pizza, and pasta.

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Gym
Gym

Workers have free access to the campus gym, with treadmills, ellipticals, and weights. Group fitness classes are popular—as are on-site massages and physiotherapy.

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