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Cryptic Studios Overview

Los Gatos, CA
51 to 200 employees
2000
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Media
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Cryptic Studios is a leading developer of massively multiplayer online role playing games, with a reputation for delivering profitable, on-time and on-budget titles. Cryptic developed the innovative and successful City of Heroes, as well as its subsequent expansion, City of ... Read more

Mission: Cryptic Studios' development process is centered on efficiently structured teams working together in a collaborative atmosphere to develop high quality games. The goal is to deliver unparalleled gaming experiences that appeal to a wide range of audiences and to ... Read more

Cryptic Studios – Why Work For Us?


About Cryptic Studios

 
THE COMPANY
 

Cryptic Studios is a leading developer of massively multiplayer online role playing games, with a reputation for delivering profitable, on-time and on-budget titles. Cryptic developed the innovative and successful City of Heroes, as well as its subsequent expansion, City of Villains. Both titles garnered numerous awards from leading enthusiast press including GameSpy's Game of the Year award in 2004.

After developing both City of Heroes and City of Villains, Cryptic was purchased by Atari and created Champions Online and Star Trek Online. Cryptic was acquired by Perfect World in August 2011 and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Perfect World. In addition to supporting Champions Online and Star Trek Online with new updates and content, Cryptic is now developing Neverwinter and other unannounced projects. The company continues to rapidly diversify its portfolio of games with the aim of reaching beyond the traditional MMORPG genre.

Cryptic Studios' development process is centered on efficiently structured teams working together in a collaborative atmosphere to develop high quality games. The goal is to deliver unparalleled gaming experiences that appeal to a wide range of audiences and to iterate based on early prototyping and vertical slices.

Cryptic utilizes a proprietary engine that contains all the tools needed to efficiently build and operate massive online games. Developed in house, the engine continues to be upgraded and adjusted by its original creators to improve the engine's versatility and functionality. In addition, efficient content generation tools have been incorporated to streamline the development process, allowing real-time testing of art assets within the game environment.

Cryptic's belief in balancing valuable family time with work provides a positive environment, promoting team work, creativity and the exchange of ideas and opinions.

Team

The Cryptic Studios management team has a solid, proven track record of leading the development of games and technologies that appeal to hardcore gamers and the mainstream audience.

 

Craig Zinkievich

Chief Operating Officer
Craig studied interdisciplinary science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he focused on mathematics, biology, literature and art. After graduating in 1993, he began his career as a software programmer for MapInfo, where he specialized in application software. It wasn't until much later that Craig found his true calling at Cryptic Studios, where he successfully tackled a number of crucial tasks. He was one of the designers of City of Heroes, and as a producer for City of Heroes and City of Villains and Executive Producer for Star Trek Online, Craig guided Cryptic's titles to highly successful launches by leveraging his deep knowledge and technical experience. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Craig oversees development and production of Cryptic's projects.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stephen D'Angelo

CEO

Stephen D'Angelo brings both technical and leadership skills to Cryptic Studios. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stephen began his career as a programmer for multimedia systems at IBM and distributed computing systems at Sun Microsystems. He then moved on to Active Software and webMethods where he led teams building world class middleware integration and business-to-business software. He then led the team building distributed databases at Composite Software. At Cryptic, Stephen provides leadership to the software team. He also applies his wealth of experience in high performance, distributed, mission critical systems to the development and operation of online games.






 

Daniel Stahl

Executive Producer, Unannounced Project

Daniel boasts a rich gaming history, running the gamut from tabletop to console and online games. In addition to designing the board game Pirates Cove, he was an online producer at Wizards of the Coast, where he managed development for the Star Wars: TCG and MagicTheGathering.com websites. He later helped launch both the Xbox 360 and Zune at Microsoft. He came to Cryptic Studios in 2008 to work on Champions Online and Star Trek Online. He became Star Trek Online's Executive Producer in 2010 and was named the No. 1 mover and shaker by Massively.com in the same year.

 
 


Employee Benefits

CAREERS 

undefinedCryptic Studios maintains the casual, dynamic environment you expect from a small developer. In addition to a competitive salary and exceptional benefits package, we offer our employees a unique environment designed to foster a balance between work and play.

In our Los Gatos, CA, offices, our team enjoys additional benefits, including complementary game accounts and a game room where employees can frequently be found "working" after hours. We are more than a developer of an extraordinary gaming experience; we are a team of passionate, talented professionals who love the work, the genre and the game. We invite you to discover all that Cryptic Studios has to offer.

Compensation Benefits
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage completely paid by Cryptic Studios
  • Long-term and short-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • 401K plan
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
  • 2 weeks paid vacation
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Winter holiday (five paid days off during the last week of December)
Additional Benefits
  • Gym discount and reimbursement program
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Employee referral cash bonus
  • Comic store discount at The Little Shop of Heroes in Campbell
  • Discount at D & J Hobby in Campbell on games and gaming supplies
  • Credit union membership
  • Aeron chairs
  • Frequent on-site haircuts and chair massages available
  • Frequent on-site enrichment courses, like health & fitness, art and music lessons
  • Company screenings of genre films such The Avengers and Star Trek: Into Darkness
On-site Benefits
  • Complimentary breakfast twice a week
  • Game room

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    Pros

    Cryptic provides a fun, family-like atmosphere, in which to work. As a mid-sized company, competing for the type of prestige normally held by some of the nearby tech giants, Cryptic manages to provide many of the benefits and perks of a large company, without losing the small office feel, so many enjoy.

    Management is extremely supportive of the employees, here at Cryptic. Encouraging personal and professional growth, as well as supporting the personal needs of all employees.

    I am also immensely proud of the innovation & creativity Cryptic and its teams bring to bear, in producing excellent game content. It seems that no matter the deadline or no matter the difficult task to handle, we get it done.

    Cons

    As a smaller company, Cryptic isn't able to offer many of the higher-end perks, commonly found at larger tech companies in Silicon Valley.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Cryptic Studios in February 2017.

    Interview

    Applied Online and received a test about 1 month later. The online test has two questions, the question is OK but definitely takes more than 3 hours. I passed and interviewed with HR then. Then a technical interview about basic C, bitwise operator, optimization. I did not do well since I am not very good at bit, cache. There might be more questions, but I spent too long on the previous questions. The interviewer is pretty nice and professional, he is very patient even though I made a lot of 'stupid' mistakes. There should be another interview, but due to my bad performance, they just move on and did not call.

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