Firaxis Games

Location: Sparks, MD

Founded: 1996

Website: http://www.firaxis.com/

Firaxis Games is the home of award-winning developer Sid Meier, who serves as president and director of creative development. His contributions to the video game industry have earned him a place in the Computer Museum of America Hall of Fame and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.


Notable Products

  • Sid Meier’s Civilization series
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri
  • Sid Meier’s Civil War
  • Sid Meier’s Sim Golf
  • Sid Meier’s Railroads!

What to Expect

In 2005, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., acquired Firaxis Games, bringing the studio into the 2K Games publishing label. The company continues to operate under the creative control of Sid Meier to develop strategy and role-playing games for PC, console, and handheld devices.

Fusing the terms “fiery” and “axis” to describe the company’s “dynamic process of game development,” Firaxis professes its dedication to an iterative creative process that respects the contributions of all team members. It is the company’s position that a progressive, fun environment breeds great gaming experiences. As such, Firaxis tries to ensure a positive work-life balance and atmosphere of excitement for employees, of which there are more than 100. Along with the typical corporate benefits package, the company offers liberal paid time off allowances, three hours per month of paid leave for volunteer activities, a fitness reimbursement program, and college savings plan. Typical social events range from field trips to movie premieres and company parties. In the studio, there are catered breakfasts and lunches every other week, as well as a ping-pong table, a pool table, foosball, and darts. Of course, there is a massive game library and Fun Zone with all of the current consoles and a big screen TV.

Prospective applicants for positions within Firaxis would do well to dig into the studio’s website, specifically the career advice section. Sid Meier has compiled a few words of wisdom for starting your career in game development, but there are also several articles from other senior members of the studio that discuss their own career journeys. The company periodically offers internships, which are listed on the official website. Candidates will find available jobs in the career section and may apply via email to the Firaxis recruitment department.

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