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What's cooking at EA's Hyderabad gaming studio

August 27, 2008
With gaming now becoming a viable career option in India, top names in the video game industry are looking at India as a future hub for quality video game development. And Electronic Arts (EA), Hyderabad, has taken the lead, setting up a world class development studio in India, providing an opportunity for Indians to work with the best in the business.

Electronic Arts, or EA, is the world's largest publisher of interactive entertainment. EA is the company behind best-selling game franchises such as The Sims, FIFA and Need For Speed, which have now become household names. EA is also the first international publisher to set up base in India, first with its publishing business, and now with its new development studio in Hyderabad.

Currently employing 200 people, EA aims to grow its workforce two-fold in the near future, providing opportunities to not only engineers and animators, but professionals from various industries. The Hyderabad studio's operations vary from end-to-end game development for mobile devices, art and assets creation for PC and console platforms for EA's worldwide studios, online services for EA's best-selling The Sims games, and automation and manual game testing for PC and console platforms. This diversity in operations calls for employees with varying levels of expertise and experience.

We spoke to a few employees at EA Hyderabad to give us an insight into the studio's operations and what it takes to work at EA.

Amit Gupta, Automation Engineer

I have a B-Tech in Computer Sciences. I worked at Wipro for two years before joining EA. For this job, academics don't really matter if you have the experience. But for anyone looking to get into this field, the most important prerequisite is that s/he should be a gaming freak. An interest in gaming is a must, because a lot of my job involves playing games.

My job requires me to create automation programmes for game testing. So I am required to play the games, and analyse them so we can effectively create an automation programme that works. So playing the game is a big part of it. If you do have an interest in gaming, EA is a dream company.

Text and photographs: Sameer Desai, Editor, GamingIndians.com | Image: EA's studio in Hyderabad; Inset: Amit Gupta
Also read: Is gaming a serious career option?

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