Life at Avalanche

Our culture is what makes life at Avalanche Studios Group special. You notice it immediately — the warm, welcoming environment and how our open world mindset extends to our physical space. We don't believe in confining creative talent within walls, figuratively or literally. This belief is expressed in a number of different ways.

A place for all creatives

At Avalanche Studios Group, we believe that everyone has a role to play and can contribute to the games we create. We embrace our differences and as such, we provide goals instead of singular instructions. While we are always happy to help, we trust in your judgment and, more importantly, in your freedom to shape the way you create, collaborate, and communicate inside and outside of the studio.

We listen

We value transparency and believe that great ideas can come from anyone. We want our objectives, strategies, and goals to be visible to you and everyone else, and have you tell us what you think of them. We also want all our employees to share their hopes, motivations, and - let's not pretend they don't exist - frustrations with us. 

We conduct weekly surveys to find out what we're doing well and what needs to improve. Our producers are also known to schedule one-on-one meetings with every member on their team. In short, every voice matters regardless of your title, background, or how long you have been with us. If you say something, we listen.

Sound work-life balance

Nothing is more important than our employees, so we work hard to ensure their health and happiness. We believe in a sound work-life balance and go to great lengths to protect this often championed but rarely realized concept. Overtime is considered a failure. As such, it's the exception, not the norm. We simply value a sustainable team higher than crunch.

In any largely sedentary industry, health initiatives are important. We offer massages and meditation during work hours, along with a variety of sport activities like soccer, basketball, yoga, badminton, and running. Our studios are stocked with healthy eating options, hot and cold drinks and fresh fruit. We have morning fikas, after-works and regular events such as Halloween pumpkin carving competitions, and movie and board game nights. Most of the time we celebrate for a reason, but sometimes... Just 'cause.

Diversity at Avalanche Studios Group

At Avalanche Studios Group, we are committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. Everyone at Avalanche Studios Group has a  shared responsibility to create an open and inclusive work environment where everyone is treated equally and with respect. Being part of our world is not contingent on where you’re from, your gender, or sexual orientation. It’s all about your passion and creativity.

HONE YOUR CRAFT

At Avalanche Studios Group, we do not only work within teams dedicated to creating amazing open world games. We also belong to something called Crafts; teams based around disciplines that function independently of studio locations and projects.

Crafts serve a number of different and important purposes. We designed this framework to create a greater sense of place and direction. We want to allow competence to evolve and spread within a given discipline across our current projects. It's a way for senior staff to share their knowledge, but also to make sure that ideas from new employees are heard and considered.

Every developer is invited to shape the company's future within their discipline. In the Art, Programming, or Animation Crafts (to name just a few), any given individual has a chance to make a significant impact in the long term strategic goals. We believe this creates an organic, inclusive, forward momentum that is unique to Avalanche Studios Group.

LEARN, GROW, THRIVE

At Avalanche Studios Group,

we believe in developing our talent by offering clear career paths and development plans. We strongly believe in knowledge sharing between teams, projects, and individuals. We arrange regular workshops, lunch & learns, where employees can share information they acquired during a trade show, lecture, or trip to a partner company.

There is always a delegation from Avalanche Studios Group at GDC in San Francisco and in Cologne. For those not able to attend, we have started to mirror the event with our week-long GDC @ Avalanche. Within each team, there's a wealth of intrinsic knowledge. By scheduling talks during lunches and work hours, as well as arranging Game Jams we make sure that knowledge permeates all of Avalanche Studios Group.