We’re ArenaNet— and we’ve created a studio that makes online worlds infused with innovation, hand-
crafted excellence, and creative passion.
We’re not the only ones who share this passion; gamers have purchased over 3 million copies of Guild Wars 2 since launch, and the press has repeatedly called it the best MMO of 2012.
ArenaNet employees have a vast diversity of skills and backgrounds,
but we’re all united by a common goal. We work together and play together, which is why we have large communal areas for lunch and get-togethers, a well-stocked kitchen loaded with complimentary drinks and silos full of snacks, a complete gym, and our game room full of ping pong tables, gaming consoles, board games, and more.
We work together and play together
We have a project-oriented work culture, where multidisciplinary teams form to work on cool stuff together. Programmers and designers work side-by-side with artists and writers on a project, and when they reach their goals they move on to the next interesting challenge.
We’re just as serious about building the potential of our employees as we are about building the potential of online games. Our employees hone their skills, develop new ideas, and collaborate with other disciplines in the Base Camp program. ArenaNet University hosts guest speakers, workshops, and classes right at the studio.
Programmers and designers work side-by-side with artists and writers
We’re located in Bellevue, Washington, in the vibrant greater Seattle area. Surrounded by water, evergreen forests, and mountain ranges, our area is blessed with endless recreational opportunities, a diverse mélange of cultures, and a legendary music and food scene.
Our studio was built on a foundation of innovation, community, and hand-crafted excellence. We’re unlocking the true potential of online roleplaying with game-changing titles like the revolutionary Guild Wars 2. The status quo isn’t good enough for the dedicated worldwide community of GW2 players, which is why we question industry conventions and demand more from ourselves as developers.
I have been working at ArenaNet full-time (Less than a year)
* Excellent tech and decent tools * Very enthusiastic, smart and knowledgeable team * Emphasis on sane work-life balance * Projects reflect forward thinking in design and planning * Highly collaborative environment * Strong business analytics support * Nice office with good road access * Reasonable core hours with flexible work schedules * Good communication channels available with fans
* Large spread out team can lead offers communication challenges * A bit green in some departments - can lead to scheduling concerns etc * Few local lunch options but food trucks and lunch orders (with two options) are a thin * Task tracking software is awful but may soon see an upgrade * Proprietary toolset is ok but not great * Local jargon is a bit odd and not aligned with industry standards
Like any other company, It helps to know people who work there. I was able to get the internship through the quality of my portfolio and knowing people in the department that I wanted to work in.