Big Viking Games, one of the fastest growing mobile games startups, has been named one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers, in just its second year of operations.
Big Viking Games recognized that in order to build world-class innovations and games it had to attract the best and the brightest. The company has worked to create an attractive employee-centric and values-driven culture providing big company style perks like daily catered meals, snacks, in-office massages, an in-office gym, and a starbucks trained barista — all within an innovative, agile, and tight-knight small company culture.
The company builds advanced mobile web games using HTML5, creating experiences that were previously thought to be impossible inside of web browsers of mobile devices. This has allowed Big Viking to reinvent the way people play games, paving the way for seamless cross-platform gaming across devices.
Employees are given the opportunity to succeed and grow through value-centered performance reviews and a culture that rewards and fosters continuous feedback. One of the innovative ways Big Viking does this is though a company minted currency that employees can give to each other called the “Vikoin” – this is a physical coin awarded to co-workers as kudos for exceptional work and it may be redeemed at an in-studio store which is stocked with toys and games.
Albert Lai, co-founder and CEO of the company said “We are thrilled to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers. I believe that part of our success is due to being a truly employee-oriented company.” He explains further, saying “We are not just a gaming company that creates fun and entertainment for our fans, we also strive to do the same for our employees through core values such as “create fun at work”. It is obvious to me that in order to create great products, we need to attract and reward people who dedicate their lives to their craft, and what better way to do this than to have fun along the way as well?”