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Work-football balance

Football fever has gripped the world. Of course that includes us here at Goodgame Studios.

With our colorful GGS team from 42 different countries across the world, it is all the more fun to get fired up together. For Germany’s opening match against Portugal in group G, we used our new café to screen the match. 200 Goodgamers gathered to cheer for their teams. The duel between the two favorites was hardly a close game, but this went down well with the vast majority of our audience. The event was a great inauguration for our café, which proved itself the perfect place to follow the World Cup. There was beer for all and a hot dog van right outside to provide the perfect half time snack, so that even the Portugal fans had something to be happy about.

The great turnout for the event is not the only indicator that Goodgamers are big football fans. More than one in three employees have entered our company-wide World Cup predictor game to submit their expert opinions. With great prizes up for grabs, even some who claim not to care about the World Cup have been coaxed into making predictions. Hopefully they will now feel more able to tolerate the flags, vuvuzelas and endless talk of football. They’ll be secretly hoping for a win in the latest round of predictions.

It seems a shame that the World Cup will all be over by July 13th and we’ll have to wait another four years until the next one. But as German football legend Sepp Herberger once said: “After the game is before the game.”