Valve most desirable employer for developers, survey finds

'My own company' and Activision Blizzard are No. 2 and No.3 respectively

Valve Software is the most desirable employer among video game developers, according to a new report.

An Independent Game Developers Association survey of more than 2,200 developers found a position at the Bellevue, Washington-based studio to be even more coveted than running one's own company.


Aside from Valve's success with dominant PC distribution platform Steam and persistently popular titles like Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, the company is also known for its non-traditional management approach.

Most desirable game jobs

  1. Valve
  2. My own company
  3. Activision Blizzard
  4. BioWare
  5. Ubisoft
  6. Current employer
  7. Nintendo
  8. Naughty Dog
  9. Double Fine
  10. Bethesda Game Studios

According to the 2012 Valve employee handbook, the company uses a flat management structure that trusts employees to contribute to the firm however they best feel they can, rather than by following orders handed down through the hierarchy.

Activision Blizzard appeared as the third-most desirable employer, though much like Ubisoft the company retains a menagerie of separate internal studios including Blizzard, Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward, and Skylanders creator Toys for Bob.