The People Of EA

Gautam

Lead Gameplay Engineer, EA DICE LA
Los Angeles (EALA)
Background
As a kid I was always excited and intrigued by video games, and have been programming and creating games in my spare time since I was in 5th grade. Video games brought out a side of creativity in me that I didn’t know existed and made me very passionate about working in the games industry. I changed my course of career choices right out of high school and made a very conscious effort to be involved in video games and their creation. When other students in my school were creating traditional CS Major projects surrounding database systems or inventory control, I chose to make video games and tools for visualization instead.
 
I pursued a Master’s Degree in Video Games Programming and afterwards worked in small startups in India. I moved to the United States of America from India in 2006 set in my path to work in the video gaming industry. I wanted to experience the creative freedom and the ability to think outside the box and I knew gaming would offer me just this. 
 
Getting Your Start with EA DICE LA
I got hired by EA in 2011 after working some time in smaller studios. I worked with a very talented team on Medal of Honor: Warfighter and quickly learned what it meant to work for a larger game developer. After the game was complete, DICE LA was formed.
 
Working at EA DICE LA
I started working with DICE LA in April 2013, helping ship Battlefield 4 and then working on the upcoming expansion packs for Battlefield 4. This is where I was able to experience the very high quality of work environment and product development that DICE is known for. Our GM, Fredrik Löving, has been a very effective motivational leader. He has a tremendous way of influencing and corralling his developers to make the best experience in a video game, while always thinking players first.
 
EA DICE LA’s Impact
At DICE LA, our personal lives are a very important factor to our work lives. We emphasize work/life balance and find focused efforts, rather than extra hours, are proven to be a very successful strategy for our development.
 
There has been a significant improvement in my work/life balance since beginning my work at DICE LA. I get to spend a lot of time with my wife and son, and I get home at a reasonable hour. I get to enjoy my family and try hobbies I have always wanted to pursue.
 
The DICE LA management team also encourages a high passion in its developers. We take our product very seriously and treat it with the utmost care. This passion allows us to drive the quality and innovation of the games we make.
 
Any Thoughts to Those Seeking a Career at EA DICE LA?
If you are looking for an employer where passion, quality and innovation are the core foundation of excellence, DICE LA is the studio for you. Come work here and experience game development where we put creativity in your hands.