EA Canada HQ – In Pictures
On April 27th, I had the opportunity to travel to Vancouver and hear the latest about FIFA 13. Being a soccer nut and a FIFA addict, I jumped at the chance, and returned with an overwhelming amount of information; you can read about the game‘s key new features and my general impressions elsewhere on Game Front.
After a crash course in all of this year’s franchise innovations, my fellow journalists and I were given a tour of EA Sports hilariously opulent headquarters, which has produced some of the world’s best-selling titles. Spotlessly clean, extensively appointed, and carefully decorated, the complex had the feel of a particularly well-kempt college campus, albeit with a barber that comes in once a week to cut people’s hair for free. EA’s strategy was clear: give your employees a nice enough place to work, and they’ll never want to leave, thereby ensuring that they’re working for you as often as possible.
This swanky cafe was the first sight that greeted us when we entered the building. It’s hard to see in the picture, but the walls were festooned with a variety of inspirational or motivational maxims. Most were quotes from sports figures like Michael Jordan, though not all.
The cafe also housed consoles for us to play UEFA Euro 2012 during downtime. I fared pretty well, though my two losses rankled. Damn you, Florent Malouda, for clanging that tying header off the bar!
There were multiple arcade set-ups sprinkled throughout the complex, offering a variety of classic games. One journalist was so engrossed by this set that the bus almost left without him when we departed.
The whole building was done up in a slick, modern style. This large atrium afforded glimpses of multiple floors, where EA employees were hard at work crafting new installments for their various sports franchises.
Judging by this gym, the people who work at EA Vancouver are among the fittest game developers out there. This picture only captures half of it, and there’s a dedicated staff of trainers ready to whip paunchy programmers into shape.
All that time weightlifting no doubt comes in handy on the company’s full-sized indoor basketball court. We saw employees gearing up for a game when we passed by a second time.
The view from the rooftop terrace were spectacular. Vancouver is a beautiful city — can’t beat huge, snow-capped mountains looming on the horizon! From the roof, we could also see…