Can you speak code?

The developer conference code.talks took place on October 9th and 10th right here in Hamburg. Goodgame Studios attended the event as a platinum sponsor with a large stand including a foosball table, sitting area, and iPads for playing Empire: Four Kingdoms. There was also a GGS raffle which awarded a Playstation 4 to one lucky winner.

Our CTO Stefan gave a presentation called “10 lessons learned while growing from 1 to 1000″. In the talk, he addressed the valuable experiences he’s learned during Goodgame Studios’ five years. His key advice when starting a successful company is to find the right partner and trust that you can build up a start-up together. Stefan then imparted another piece of wisdom from Goodgame Studios’ early days. Back then we developed four games simultaneously, but now our motto is ‘focus’. That is to say, it’s better to develop one successful game than several run-of-the-mill products. At the end of the talk, Stefan shared Goodgame Studios’ secret recipe with the audience: “Hire the right people!” Having the right people in the right positions ensures success and drives the company forward.

With the title of “One cloud, 5 continents, 25 million users, NoSql and PHP”, Dennis and Christian from our backend development department offered a look into online shop development at Goodgame Studios. We developed our first online shop in 2009 using PHP 5.2. However, there came a point when this wasn’t enough to keep up with an increasing number of customers and new demands. So then we designed and developed a completely new online shop architecture. One of our main goals in this was to shorten the shop’s loading times in order to increase the satisfaction of our 25 million customers.

Both of the talks were very well attended, and we’re always happy to see so many experts in their fields interested in our company.

20.10.2014 · Comments · Post a Comment

Smoothies, games, and a car – Goodgame Studios at dmexco

This September, Cologne was visited by dmexco, an expo for marketing experts and those looking to follow in their footsteps. Since Goodgame Studios wants to expand its online marketing team, we kept an eye out for talented people at the event who feel at home in mobile or online marketing. We develop international campaigns to make our products even more famous around the world, so we are always looking to strengthen our team.

We had a large stand that included our nearly famous smoothie bar and provided tablets so that all of the gaming fans could have the chance to play the hugely successful Empire: Four Kingdoms and our brand-new mobile game Shadow Kings. The highlight was our big raffle prize of a Fiat 500 featuring the GGS design. Anyone who wanted to take part only had to correctly answer three questions about our company to be entered into the draw.

Our winner Annick could hardly believe her luck! A few short days after dmexco, she picked up her new speedster in person at our site in Hamburg. We hope you enjoy it and safe travels!

10.10.2014 · Comments · Post a Comment

Settling in made easy – our onboarding team is here to help

As an international company, we’re proud to currently employ people from over 50 different nations, and we’re here to help each and every one of them get off to a good start in Hamburg. Many of them may experience a minor culture shock when they come to Germany. They are also faced with apartment hunting and bureaucratic hurdles which seem impossible to overcome alone, and they slowly start to lose the desire to make a new start in Germany. In order to prevent this, our onboarding team lends a helping hand to the new arrivals from abroad. Of course employees from other parts of Germany receive support as well, particularly in the search for accommodation. We offer our new coworkers an all-around, worry-free package to make their lives easier when arriving in Germany and starting their jobs. “We handle the city registration processes, obtain work permits, help with the apartment hunt, and assist with any individual problems which might come up,” said Daniel, our onboarding manager. The team’s tasks are widespread and begin even before the new employee starts work. These can be anything from dealing with bureaucratic issues, helping with organizing the move, searching for a bank and acquiring insurance, to finding day cares or schools – because there are some people who come here with their whole family too.

All new employees take part in a welcome event on their first day of work, then a few days later get to enjoy a starters’ lunch together. This lunch gives the new employees a chance to share their first impressions of Goodgame Studios and Hamburg over some delicious bagels, as well as the opportunity to get to know each other better and make contacts outside of their own departments. In addition to this, everyone is also assigned a buddy from their team. This buddy helps our new coworkers to find their way and answers any questions they might have. Last but not least, each team gets a quarterly budget for group activities.

We do everything we can to ensure that every one of our many coworkers who start with us each month gets off to a great start in Hamburg, settles in quickly, and feels comfortable here for many years to come.

26.09.2014 · Comments · Post a Comment

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