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I'm still alive - a quick update on kryzak

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WE 1: Social Gaming
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New post 24 Apr 2009, 01:55
svrider, congrats on going to Anderson! Great school for entrepreneurship and still has reach to the tech firms (only 1 hour flight away). Some good digital media and entertainment companies down there (we went to visit NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, and Blizzard a few weekends ago).

My role is called "Project Manager", but gaming companies are notoriously random with their titles. A Project Manager can be a Product Manager can be a Product Marketing Manager can be a Brand Manager in different companies, go figure.

Basically, I was told that my job will consist of working with marketing, design, development, operations, and production to coordinate their schedules and make sure they're on track. I'll also be working with each of the groups a little bit to learn what they do and how they contribute to the process of making a game. I'll be working with the external publishing arm (I think), so might actually work on an MMO that's co-developed with another company, pretty exciting stuff.

Anyway, if I do a good job, they're well known to give full time offers and allow you to move around the company to a position you want to do, so I'm crossing my fingers!
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New post 24 Apr 2009, 11:08
kryzak wrote:
svrider, congrats on going to Anderson! Great school for entrepreneurship and still has reach to the tech firms (only 1 hour flight away). Some good digital media and entertainment companies down there (we went to visit NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, and Blizzard a few weekends ago).

My role is called "Project Manager", but gaming companies are notoriously random with their titles. A Project Manager can be a Product Manager can be a Product Marketing Manager can be a Brand Manager in different companies, go figure.

Basically, I was told that my job will consist of working with marketing, design, development, operations, and production to coordinate their schedules and make sure they're on track. I'll also be working with each of the groups a little bit to learn what they do and how they contribute to the process of making a game. I'll be working with the external publishing arm (I think), so might actually work on an MMO that's co-developed with another company, pretty exciting stuff.

Anyway, if I do a good job, they're well known to give full time offers and allow you to move around the company to a position you want to do, so I'm crossing my fingers!


That does sounds cool. I would love to work at Blizzard, I am an avid SC fan.... :lol:

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New post 24 Apr 2009, 15:37
Thanks! I was leaning towards Duke until BDW where I talked to current students. It was a tough decision but ultimately I see more opportunities on west coast for my interests.

I guess the internship role is somewhat akin to a GM rotational program except not as structured, which is good. Sounds like an exciting summer ahead! So, will you be a part of the Jedi Academy?

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New post 25 Apr 2009, 19:27
kryzak this is incredible. Goes to show how much a the location and networks of a school matters (as compared to the the multitudes of rankings that we keep on arguing about in the forums). All the very best with your internship.

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thanks guys. svrider, yes, I will be part of the Jedi Academy, though as one of the 3 MBAs out of 30 other undergrad interns. Should be fun though.

bsd, you are perfectly correct. The longer you're in school, the more you realize the rankings are nice and all, but not super useful in terms of getting a job in a very specific area. In the end, unless it's PE/HF, and in some ways, IB/Consulting, the proximity to the companies you want to work for is invaluable, especially during these down times. Even though some companies (like Adobe) stopped doing any campus recruiting this year, being less than 1 hour away means that they've been sending lots of off-campus job postings to us and having us drive there to interview, and many people have been getting jobs that way.

I think we did a quick tally the other day, probably 80-90% of 1st years who want tech internships have gotten one already, and at good companies too (tons at Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon). Not sure about full time jobs though, but I heard those are lower.
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