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BioWare moves to hybrid office-home working

BioWare moves to hybrid office-home working

EA's BioWare studio has moved to a hybrid working model for its employees.

In a blog post from the firm's general manager Gary McKay, the exec said that its North American staff would be allowed to work from home or from the office with more flexibility. As a result, new hires won't be asked to relocate to BioWare's offices, too, which are based in Canada's Edmonton or Austin, Texas. 

"The pandemic has also taught us a lot about how we can work together, even while working across North America from hundreds of different locations," McKay wrote.

"And now, we’ll use what we’ve learned and apply it to a new work model that will ensure flexibility for everyone in the studio. Our goal is to lean into the things that everyone likes about working from home, while also giving people the opportunity to return to the office with more flexibility. Going forward, we’ll have new challenges with a hybrid approach to work and are focused on new tech that will help maximize collaboration and communication between onsite and remote people. Another subtle but important change we’ve made is in our hiring practices: Previously, we were only looking for people willing to relocate to Austin and Edmonton; now we’re looking for new talent from anywhere in North America and we’ll meet them where they live."

Gary McKay was made studio GM of BioWare back in June 2021


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