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.

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