Meet Sara, Content Project Manager, at WildTangent. Every day she works with gaming partners to bring new games to the service and to you!
Tell us about yourself and how you got into the gaming industry.
Well, the gaming industry certainly isn’t where I thought I’d end up! But I’m certainly glad I did!
My degree is in archaeology, but archaeology jobs are a little hard to come by without a masters or doctoral degree, and I wasn’t ready to go back to school quite yet! After a job in retirement finances, I reflected on what industry I really wanted to work in and came to the conclusion that gaming was it. I found a position as an administrative assistant in a small, local studio. I was right! The people there were awesome to work with, and I really enjoyed being “on the inside.” After about a year there, there was a round of layoffs, and I found myself looking for work again.
After hunting, I was offered two different customer support roles; one at a small studio and one at WildTangent. Even though it’s not a studio, I decided to go with WildTangent. The environment was great, and the company was a little larger. I worked my way through the ranks of customer support, from contract, to full time, to team lead. I took on any additional projects with other teams that I could, and when a position opened up on the Content Acquisition team, I knew it was the right fit. When initially job hunting, I had no idea what this kind of role was, and never would have even gone for it. But with the right guidance from excellent bosses, I made I here.
Describe your job at WildTangent and tell us your favorite thing about working here.
My role, in short, is to get games live on the service. This spans the whole range, from finding new and interesting games, contract negotiations with new partners, maintaining relationships with existing partners, attending industry events such as Casual Connect and GDC, build and marketing asset in-take and evaluation, game preparation and QA submission, and finally publication. Once a game is live, I also work with our marketing, customer support and finance teams. Our team really is a central hub. We interface daily with just about every department in the company. I spend a lot of time in meetings and in Outlook.
And that’s what I really like about my role. There are so many interesting people I get to work with, both within and outside of the company. Every day is a little different, with new little challenges to solve. Oh, and I get to play video games. That’s also a pretty good perk.
If you could trade jobs with anyone in WildTangent for a day, who would you trade with and what would you do during that day?
Hmm, I’d probably trade with one of our graphic designers. I’ve always been a crafty person (I love to knit and do those sorts of things), but I’ve never been able to draw or create print art. If I could swap (with the talent!), I’d love to see what projects they’re working on and just how much work goes into creating all of the images we use.
If you were on a deserted island with only one of your team members who would you choose to join you and why?
Oooh, you’re going to get me in trouble! I know it’s going to sound cheesy, but I really do like working with everyone on my team. I’ve had the opportunity to travel with some of them, and we all regularly go to lunch together. Nerf gun fights have been known to spontaneously break out, and we might have done a LAN or two.
I can’t pick one of them! You can’t make me.
What are your favorite games on the WildTangent Games App and why?
In no particular order:
- Landgrabbers by Nevosoft – this is a fun, colorful game, with an interesting twist on strategy and time management. I also love the sounds the little dudes make.
- Glowfish by MumboJumbo — another colorful one, more adventure style. Also with cute noises. I guess I like little things that squeak.
- Four Elements II by Playrix – Excellent match 3 game, lots of levels that get progressively more challenging. I’ve played through them all!
- World Mosaics 5 by Fugazo – Logic puzzles! Love them
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