Re: Rockstar Vienna
on 08-23-2005 12:43 PM
sounds really typical, indeed. you're judging companies from the outside and apparently based on rumours and/or maketing hype from the net. to at least get a feel what kind of company awaits you, you'll have to apply there or meet them otherwise.
crytek has teamed up with EA and probably has much more money to spend these days, that could have changed their way of doing business altogether.
blue byte is fully owned by UBI these days. from what i gathered, in case they have seats to fill, they simply call up UBI romania. seems like the different UBI studios are quite well networked to each other.
piranha bytes has had successful titles and apparently consists of a very small and very dedicated team. sounds really interesting, especially for a career starting point. jowood used to pay not too shabby (at least me, hehe). also, in case jowood goes under they are the most likely to find a good new contract.
anno-series is now being developed by related designs in mainz.
companies to look out for are surely the one developing the spellcraft series and acony, apparently an UE3 licensee.
what are "2001" contracts? unfortunately there are enough artists out there who are willing to work long hours for almost nothing. that doesn't change the fact that there are well paying companies who value their employees. but a starter will almost for sure not be receiving much, experience is what counts and that's not possible to judge from a hobbyists portfolio.