BioWare hailed as a top Canadian employer

<i>The Financial Post</i> names Edmonton-based developer one of the country's 10 best places to work.

After Electronic Arts announced last week that it had acquired BioWare-Pandemic from Elevation Partners in a deal worth $860 million, BioWare cofounder Dr. Ray Muzyka told GameSpot that the sale meant more opportunities for the studio, but added that "nothing would change" about the way they make games.

That "don't mess with success" attitude was bolstered today as BioWare revealed that it has been named to Canadian magazine The Financial Post's 10 Best Companies to Work For. The Edmonton-based studio has appeared in the Post's annual Top 100 Employers list three times before this year, but this is its first time cracking the top 10. The list is culled from thousands of submissions for Canadian companies in a variety of industries, and seeks to recognize those with the best employment practices, including better pay, welcome perks, and more comprehensive benefits.

This is not the first time a game developer has cracked the Post Top 10 list. Last year, Vivendi Universal Games (now simply Vivendi Games) made the list for its Radical Entertainment studio.

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GANGSTA287
GANGSTA287

Not long and Bioware will be one of the top10 american employeers, I curse Benedict Arnold for his failures!

sousuke223
sousuke223

i hope ea doesnt doesnt do touch bioware and pandemic and leaves them indpeend plusif they do theyll piss a lot of ppl off the only thhing i want them to do is give them money and connections lol

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Well that won't last since EA just purchased them!!! :( I like BioWare

muthsera666
muthsera666

Guess I better get a final draft of my inquisitorial application.

sniper_99
sniper_99

I can't wait to work for Bioware in the future! :D

darkchaostitan
darkchaostitan

darknesskilla said that it was good for the developer company that cared about the games to have a good budget, but since they are now owned by EA, EA would want to see the most profit from them no matter what. Thus would cause bioware to make games worse than they would have think about it. They are just a bunch of sell outs, those who didn't have any choice in the matter I have respect for, because those who have little say in the company have a huge role in the company's game. It's just the people who are sitting on millions that really pisses me off. It's one or the other.

LockdownLA
LockdownLA

whoops! not for long once EA gets a hold of middle management...

chakan2
chakan2

Well, bioware can kiss that list goodbye after the EA buyout. It'll take about 6 months to drop off the list and another 6 months to be on the worst 100 places to work for (right under all the stuff on the canadian version of Dirty Jobs).

gameOwl45
gameOwl45

i don't think ubisoft will ever sell out, since the french government is so adamant about keeping them.

DarknessKilla
DarknessKilla

Lol, you guys make me laugh ! It's as if someone put a funny idea in your heads that a develloper isn't at least 85% about making money. Making good games is a nice bonus, but all everyone wants is money. period. So Bioware isn't a sellout, they made a good buisiness decision because now they don't have to worry about stuff like a budget or staffing restrictions. Go BIOWARE!!! (Although I really hope EA doesn't mess with their stuff...)

DarknessKilla
DarknessKilla

Lol, you guys make me laugh ! It's as if someone put a funny idea in your heads that a develloper isn't at least 85% about making money. Making good games is a nice bonus, but all everyone wants is money. period. So Bioware isn't a sellout, they made a good buisiness decision because now they don't have to worry about stuff like a budget or staffing restrictions. Go BIOWARE!!! (Although I really hope EA doesn't mess with their stuff...)

Chainblast
Chainblast

"Bioware... excellent company but they're still sell outs. They say "Nothing would change." but we'll see if they stand by their word." I think Blizzard has an agreement with VU that lets them operate independently and retain complete control over their IP's. There is no reason this was part of the take-over deal with Bioware. In all honesty I was expecting MS to buy them, not EA. Heh.

DrDeath10
DrDeath10

Ignorance and arrogance is universal. bobtheflounder portrayed those two characterstics in a single post. Congratulations.

redfox66
redfox66

Bioware employ lots of people to make them coffee.

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

How can you not love bioware :). One of the many reasons with all the dismay you see with the take over.

Spencer28
Spencer28

lol. All you people with "Bioware is a sellout" and "thats all gonna change now with EA". Why don't we see hoe it pans out ok? If it doesn't work out, just hope all the guys from Bioware quit just like WestWood Studios.

Feeroper
Feeroper

bobtheflounder - Rockstar Toronto (Manhunt 2), Ubisoft Montreal (PoP games and Splinter Cell) and Silicon Knights are the only other ones I can think of off the top of my head at them moment. Im sure there are others.

yboucher
yboucher

I guess that's all gonna change now that EA is gonna be at the helm.....

rome_tx
rome_tx

That could all change real soon with EA in charge now.

ilikewhatyouhat
ilikewhatyouhat

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bobtheflounder
bobtheflounder

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Proman84
Proman84

Oh man, this is probably going to change now that they've been bought by one of the worst employers... EA. That's sad.

Bloodhawk_DX
Bloodhawk_DX

Bioware... excellent company but they're still sell outs. They say "Nothing would change." but we'll see if they stand by their word.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Mmmm interest lets see how long that lasts since EA has a slave manual labor law thats mandatory to anyone who works for them...Poor bioware I feel pity for them due to greed their company is just gonna become another soul less studio acquired by that soul eater known as EA..

DanielKhronic
DanielKhronic

I love how there is so much talent in the industry here in Canada, EA Canada, BioWare and Ubi Montreal just to name a few...

maxxorz
maxxorz

"Even Wikipedia states that EA has been forcing employees to work at most 80 hours per week." At the studio which I work, 80 hour weeks can be common place especially during crunch time. But if you mean 80 hour weeks regularly, that's insane because you would be burnt out in no time.

HuxleyHobbes
HuxleyHobbes

"Guess this is the last time, considering the WORLDS WORST employer just bought them...." Right. Electronic Arts is so much worse than a quasi-criminal gang in sub-Saharan Africa, or a child labor sweatshop in China.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Bioware certainly deserves to be called the best employer accolade. it's a shame EA aquired them though. biosware was doing just fine without The Dark shadow of electronic arts swallowing them up. But oh well. i still respect bioware as a developer and i'm awaiting mass effect which will probably be the last great game on the 360 by them before EA sticks their logo on the other two games in the trilogy.

NA3D
NA3D

harhuge - "Top 10 eh? Not anymore unless EA actually gives the studio more independence than it has to other studios they have acquired." Exactly, that was the downfall of the Maxis team and everyone else who walked into the JAWS of EA. Now Will Wright is the only Maxis guy that really still exist while everyone got split up. Even his abilities have been disrupted by the virus known as EA.

umbrae
umbrae

Guess this is the last time, considering the WORLDS WORST employer just bought them....

mopeyking
mopeyking

/cry now it's going to be the best American company to work for.......

soroush7
soroush7

Canada is the best place...in the WORLD. Enough said.

RebornJeremiah
RebornJeremiah

Well, too bad that Bioware is no longer a canadian company.

HeadSawed
HeadSawed

It's always good to see that the people who make our games get treated well, and not to mention that Bioware makes awesome games. It's not a coincidence.

bloodbore8
bloodbore8

@f`15srcool: Brendon? Do you mean that guy from the Hotspot? Anyway, great job, Bioware!

brunoleao
brunoleao

One more deserved recognition for BioWare. :)

f15srcool
f15srcool

Hey, Brenden can get a job in his homeland now... :)

Kenshin836
Kenshin836

Wish I could work at Bioware. They make some of the best games out there.

monco59
monco59

Come January, don't ever expect to reach that Top 100 again Bioware...

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

go Biorware, but boo Edmonton.... I'm from Calgary so i have a legal obligation to say such things.... GO FLAMES

IKKF
IKKF

... Especially since EA bought them out last weekend.

mach-stem
mach-stem

Half the citations on that specific wiki relate to gaming website articles and interviews with disgruntled employees...not really a "source" of fact in my opinion. Some stories may be true, but some of them are "claiming" being forced into over 120+hours/week of work...there's a term for that kind of work: slavery...and trust me, they would be held liable under strict penalties if they endangered the well being of their employees...considering there are only 168hours in a week. EA didn't get to their world leading publishing position by treating their employees like arse, but that's not to say that they don't force deadlines. I don't think Bioware will suffer much under EA's big thumb. Some programmers and developers, yes, but overall the company will thrive because that's what EA does, they make lots of money. We the consumer, however, suffer the result: unfinished games. PEACE