Think of all the most famous of teams. The A Team. The Thunderbirds. The Avengers. What do they all have in common? They’re great team players! (Unless we count Civil War, but let’s just brush over that for now). Although each member has their own individual strengths and talents, as a team they are at their best. Here at Glowing Eye Games, we cherish our teamworking skills and hold them paramount in all our business dealings. We know a happier team does better work and that’s one of the reasons why we avoid crunch time.
If you’re in the game development business, then you’ll understand deadlines can come up pretty fast. That’s why we very rarely release games on a Friday. No one wants their weekend disturbed by emergency fixes and we totally respect that. It’s very set a deadline that doesn’t end on a Friday!
Speaking of deadlines, we make sure these often aren’t fixed when the scope of a project has changed. There’s nothing more stressful than pulling your hair out, trying to meet a date when so many changes have been made and there is so much more work to be done. We always value a job done well over a botched one. Sometimes, a little flexibility goes a long way. If a deadline is crucial, we make sure to structure our time more efficiently, with stronger planning and more miniature deadlines, so the project doesn’t seem overwhelming. We make the scope of our projects realistic, too, otherwise it’s just unfair. Sometimes business can strip the humanity out of a company, and we remain conscious at every level to instil empathy and encouragement. After all, we’re all in it together.
Whether updates are big or small, we make sure both get equal focus. Obviously, bigger updates need more time and their scope is more comprehensive, whereas small updates can be completed in-between or during quieter periods. It’s just the simple tactic of scheduling time in the most efficient way possible.
As a company, we have employees around the UK, America and Japan, so that’s a lot of coordinating to do, but flexitime takes a lot of the strain off. With different time zones to cater for, meetings are kept to a minimum and planned in periods of overlap. Some employees even have other ongoing projects, and as long as they don’t interfere with the productivity of their work with Glowing Eye Games, we’re happy for them to continue with them. This allows a great work life balance for our team, ensuring transparency and happiness.
So, there you have it. At Glowing Eye Games, there’re a lot of humans working behind those screens, coding your game, designing its background, writing its information and all the big and little stuff in between. We’re glad we’ve managed to do this without burning anyone out.