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Supercell Overview

Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)
201 to 500 employees
2010
Company - Private
Video Games
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
If you love to think, talk, play and make games, Supercell is the place for you. We’ve built a company of proactive, independent teams with the freedom to do what they think is best for their players. You’ll collaborate with passionate, talented Supercellians ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is simple: We are here to create games for as many people as possible that are played for years and remembered forever.

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Supercell – Why Work For Us?


We Default to Trust

Small, independent teams are at the core of Supercell. We believe the biggest impact is created when these teams are empowered to pursue our mission: create games that as many people as possible play for years, and that are remembered forever. The teams have to freedom to work and manage themselves as the see fit. We trust our teams and individuals to do what is best for Supercell. This doesn’t mean we wouldn’t disagree, but we always choose to trust oneather.


Things We Believe in

Independence

You to decide what is most important and impactful to work on. And then you just do it.

Responsibility

Own your project, collaborate and share. See an issue? Speak up. We’re all in this together.

Quality

We do few things, but do them extremely well. There is no quality bar, there is only better.

Learning

To achieve quality we experiment and learn from failure. The faster you fail, the faster you learn.



In the summer of 2010, Supercell was born. Back then, the founders had no idea what the company would become. They just knew they wanted to make great games that people would play for years. To do so, they would create a new kind of gaming company.


Supercell was founded on a few core beliefs

The Best Teams Make The Best Games. We used this simple sentence to describe our idea of a new kind of games company that would put people front and center. We thought to ourselves: “What if you put together a games company the way you’d put together a professional sports team?” In that type of model, the sole mission of the founders and management would be to acquire the best talent for every single position, create the best possible environment for them, and then get out of the way. It would be an environment with zero bureaucracy. A place where the best people could make the biggest possible impact and nothing would stand in their way. Everything else, including financial goals, would be secondary.

Small and independent cells

We’ve found that the best quality work comes from small teams in which every single member is passionate about what they do. Often times when teams become bigger, processes, bureaucracy and even politics emerge, and the work just isn’t fun anymore. That’s why we wanted to create an organizational model made up of very small teams, or “cells” as we call them. Supercell is a collection of these cells. Each game comes from a cell, and they all operate extremely independently and have complete control over their own roadmap. Our organizational model is optimized for speed and passion, not for control.

Games that people will play for years

Many of us had been big fans of games like World of Warcraft, which most people play for years, not just weeks or months. Our dream was to create game services with longevity like that. And we wanted to create them for the widest group of people possible. They would be games that almost everyone could get into. The two core pillars around which we wanted to build this longevity would be game play and social. We believed in the power of simple, fun game play. Many of us even longed for the golden days of PC gaming when games were all about great game play. And when it comes to social, we just thought games would be more fun when played with friends and other people.

An important part of our original product vision was also the idea of building cross platform gaming services – games that you could log into and play from any device. But later on, our thinking on this changed completely. If you continue reading, you’ll see why. In short, today we believe that the best quality can only be achieved by focusing on one platform at a time.

That’s what we were thinking when we got started back in May 2010. Our initial funding came from the founders investing their savings into the company. On top of that, we borrowed as much money as we could from Tekes, the Finnish government’s technology funding arm.

Our first office was in Niittykumpu in Espoo, Finland. It was pretty far from Silicon Valley, but we had everything we needed: one 30-square-meter room, six desks we got from a recycling center, and of course a coffee maker. A bit later on, when we started to hire more people, we managed to fit 15 people to that little room. At some point there was no room for our CEO Ilkka anymore, so he had to move out.

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WHY YOU MIGHT LOVE IT HERE             

If you love to think, talk, play and make games, Supercell is the place for you. We’ve built a company of proactive, independent teams with the freedom to do what they think is best for their players, our games and the company at large. When it comes to making the best possible games, we believe in the power of small. 

 

Camilla, Game Designer

"What I enjoy about Supercell is being truly responsible for my work and putting out the best stuff together with a great team that also gives their best. I feel respected and trusted. The acknowledgement of the importance of work-life balance creates opportunities for fun times with really good colleagues."

Brice, Character Artist

"For me, it’s all about being self-driving. I make my own calendar, everyday I can choose what to do. But keeping in mind that the first goal to hit is to help my team. I like working here because I don't feel any kind of pressure, even if we make big decision everyday. There’s no studio stress – at least not the unhealthy kind."

GLOBAL FOOTPRINT

Supercell is made up of individuals from over 30 different countries. We believe in transparency, trust and the power of spending time with one another. It doesn’t matter which of our five offices you call home, Supercell culture and values are shared globally.

HELSINKI, FINLAND
HQ, Game Development

SAN FRANCISCO, USA
Marketing

SHANGHAI, CHINA
Marketing

SEOUL, KOREA
Marketing

TOKYO, JAPAN
Marketing

 

LIVING IN HELSINKI

Helsinki is a small city with a lot to offer. Enjoy amazing public transportation, safe neighbourhoods, impeccable design and more saunas than you can possibly imagine. We’ll do everything we can to help you settle in!


APPLICATION PROCESS

Our hiring process can take longer than other companies because we want to do everything we can to ensure potential hires are a good fit. We also want to give you a clear understanding of what it would be like to work here.

Step One
APPLY

Step Two
INITIAL SCREEN

Step Three
TEST

Step 4
INTERVIEW

Step 5
FINAL INTERVIEW


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    Pros

    + the hiring bar is high and the people who work here are insanely skilled and good at what they do. I constantly learn from the people around me

    + I am given a lot of responsibility and that in itself makes me want to be better every day and deliver on my work

    + I am changing the world when it comes to mobile games. That is a rare and unbelievable opportunity, and f'ing cool!

    Cons

    - sometime it's hard balancing with staying small and nimble, and still keeping on doing impactful things. I wouldn't change it though - it's a small price to pay

    - communication gets harder with more and more teams. with great independence comes great responsibility. It's definitely not bad, but communication is always something you can get better at.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job. Thanks for staying true to what you believed in when you started.

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    Initial communications were over email then a call was arranged with their recruitment team, once that had happened a phone interview with one of the developers was arranged. During the whole process all communications were very fast and efficient.

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