Supercell to “slow growth significantly” in coming year

first_img A year ago Seems like there’s a slight misunderstanding in the title and article itself. Paananen did not say they were going to slow growth (in terms of headcount) in the coming year, rather he was stating this is something they had already done based on discussions early last year:”Anyway, last year some of our game developers actually got concerned that the company might be getting too big too fast as we grew to just over 300 in size. We had a big discussion about this and, as a result, decided to slow down our growth significantly until we feel confident that we can keep our culture intact despite the growth.”He’s just commenting on something they’ve already done, and that they’ve stuck to their founding values, he hasn’t stated they’ll slow down even more after already ‘slowing’ last year. Supercell to “slow growth significantly” in coming yearAs mobile studio enters its second decade, CEO Ilkka Paananen reaffirms goal to be “as small as possible”Rebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 11th February 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSupercellThe Finnish developer of Clash of Clans and Brawl Stars is preparing to enter its second decade of existence not with major changes, but with a reaffirmation of its existing philosophy.In a letter published today by CEO Ilkka Paananen, he reflected on the company’s milestones over the past year while looking ahead to its plans for 2020 — most of which involve continuing to do what the company has already done successfully for its first decade: make a lot of games, kill some of them, and release the ones it thinks will success long-term.Killing games has been part of the studio’s culture for some time, with it only fully releasing a total of five titles in ten years — a fairly small amount for a mobile company. While many of those cancellations go on behind the scenes, earlier this year the game Rush Wars was cancelled three months after its beta release.This decision, as with past decisions to kill games, was made by its development team, said Paananen:”The team behind the game killed it because based on the beta, they felt like this was not going to be a game that lots of people would play for years nor would it be remembered forever,” he wrote. “The early gameplay was lots of fun, but it just did not carry over to the endgame.”I feel proud of the decision the team made. I cannot even imagine how painful it is to kill your own darling, something that you’ve poured your heart and soul into. That said, this is how we all want Supercell to operate: we should only release games that are of exceptional quality, games that the players love and games that have a shot at being remembered forever. Very importantly, at Supercell these types of decisions are always owned by the team who is behind the game. We feel that it is critical that the people who are responsible for the game also get to decide about its future.”Along the same lines of those in the studio deciding its future, Paananen also said that in the coming year, Supercell would be curbing its personnel growth significantly — not through layoffs, but simply through slowing the rate it had been moving at, a rate that has seen the company increase to around 300 employees at last count.”A major component of our mission – i.e. to be the best place for the best teams to develop games – involves keeping the company as small as possible,” Paananen said. “This is because we believe smaller size minimizes the amount of bureaucracy and processes while maximizing room for innovation. And, we all simply like to work in a smaller company! Anyway, last year some of our game developers actually got concerned that the company might be getting too big too fast as we grew to just over 300 in size. We had a big discussion about this and, as a result, decided to slow down our growth significantly until we feel confident that we can keep our culture intact despite the growth.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “For someone outside Supercell, the above might sound really odd, even very inward focused. But, we believe that without our unique culture, and the small-company feel that goes with it, we could not develop the best games for you. Balancing things is not always easy and, as you may guess, we have our internal struggles, too.”In the same letter, Paananen reported that Supercell had seen revenue of $1.56 billion in 2019 — down slightly from last year’s $1.6 billion and the third drop in three years. However, the drop makes sense given that Brawl Stars didn’t quite reach the same level of success as 2016’s Clash Royale (or, prior to that, Clash of Clans).The company’s profit before taxes was $577 million.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSupercell ordered to pay Gree $92m in lawsuitJury found developer had infringed on six patents protecting Gree’s technologyBy Danielle Partis YesterdayMetacore secures €150m credit line from SupercellThe funding will go towards growing the Merge Mansion developer’s team and expand its operationsBy Marie Dealessandri 5 days agoLatest comments (1)Daniel Indie Game Dev Edited 1 times. Last edit by Daniel on 12th February 2020 2:44pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems

first_imgPosting Job TitleAdjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science and InformationSystemsDepartmentAcademic AffairsPosition TypeAdjunct FacultyNumber of openings3Job SummaryThe Computer Science and Information Systems department is seekingadjunct professors for multiple courses for the Fall 2021 semester.Please note that applicants do not need all skills listed as we areseeking instructors for multiple courses. See below for coursetopics.Adjunct responsibilities include preparing and/or managing coursematerials and instruction; following provided course outlines andassessing objectives; performing certain administrative tasks suchas submitting course grades, syllabus, and attendance; occasionallyparticipating in professional development activities, and meetingwith students before or after class as needed.Teaching assignments could be any combination of face-to-face,hybrid, online or using teleconference software like Zoom, eitherdaytime or evening.Refer to the JCCC course catalog (http://catalog.jccc.edu/) fordetailed descriptions.• Database Management, SQL, PL/SQL (CIS 260)• Systems Analysis and Design (CIS 242)• Unix utilities, Bash Shell Scripting (CIS 204)• Programming skills (Java, Python, C#) (CS 134, CIS 142, OtherCS)• Data Science, Data Mining (DS 210, DS 260)• Microsoft Office Applications (CIS 124)• Discrete Structures / Discrete Mathematics (CS 210, CS 211)• Experience with learning management systemsRequired QualificationsMaster’s degree or above in computer science (or subfield) orcomputer information systems or other as appropriate for teachingdata science courses OR a master’s degree or above with 18 graduatecredit hours in computer science (or subfield) or computerinformation systems or other as appropriate for teaching datascience courses OR a bachelor’s degree or above and a combinationof:at least two years of discipline-related work experience(non-teaching); anddiscipline-related coursework at a level above the course desiredto teachCurrent industry or educational experience in computer science,information systems and/or data analyticsEffective communication and interpersonal skillsDiscipline-related certifications may ease the coursework anddiscipline-related work experience requirements.Preferred QualificationsExperience with learning management systemsProgramming skills (Java, C++, Python)PL/SQL, Oracle Application Development, Systems AnalysisskillsData Science with knowledge of data miningMicrosoft Office ApplicationsTeaching experience in an academic settingAbility to teach online using Zoom or similar platformRequired application documentsResumeCover letter – please tell us what courses you are interested inteaching.Unofficial transcripts – official transcripts will be required uponhire.Hours per WeekVaries depending on department needWork Hours/DaysVaries depending on department needSalary Grade LevelAJCRSalaryCompetitive rate of payLocationOverland Park Main CampusDisclosuresEvery employee of the college is expected to treat all members ofthe college community with dignity and respect demonstratingprofessional, courteous and respectful behavior and engage inconstructive conflict resolution, when needed.In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this positionwill be subject to criminal background investigations. Individualhiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employmenttests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of theapplicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require thoseselected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degreesobtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged toapply prior to the review date listed in posting.Johnson County Community College welcomes the application of anyqualified candidate and does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, age, sex, religion, marital status, national origin,disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity,genetic information or other factors which cannot be lawfullyconsidered, to the extent specified by applicable federal and statelaws.If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonableaccommodation in the application process, please contact the Officeof Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email [email protected] a summary of all disclosures (Background check, Clery Act, ADA,EOE, etc.) refer to the links on our Career page.Advertised: 23 Apr 2021 Central Daylight TimeApplications close: 28 May 2021 Central Daylight Timelast_img read more

New York extends rent-relief window one week

first_img“By keeping the online portal open for another week, we can make sure everyone who needs to apply for assistance has the opportunity to do so,” said RuthAnne Visnauskas, the agency’s commissioner. “This program is intended to prioritize households across the state with the greatest economic and social need, accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness.”Homes and Community Renewal’s Ruthanne Visnauskas (HCR)The program, put in place after the state legislature passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill this summer, taps into $100 million of federal funds included in the CARES Act to cover an increase in rent burden for some tenants. To qualify, tenants must earn no more than 80 percent of the area median income and be able to document a loss in income.Some tenant advocates opposed the rent-relief bill because it was not more far-reaching. They pointed out that many undocumented tenants would be unable to document the income loss required for eligibility, and that the aid supplements rent to landlords rather than directly assisting tenants.Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie maneuvered the bill around the Assembly’s housing committee to avoid resistance by some of its members or to spare them from a vote that would trigger criticism.After the rollout of the program, tenant advocates swiftly demanded the application period be lengthened to allow more tenants access to the relief. Despite the program, calls to cancel rent and halt all evictions have not eased. Adding to the economic uncertainty, Congress failed to reach an agreement on federal unemployment benefits, which expired yesterday.According to the latest survey conducted by the census, a third of renters had no or slight confidence in their ability to pay rent in August. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now After high demand from renters, @NYSHCR extends application period for relief program by one week (iStock)Tenants are getting an extra week to apply for pandemic rent relief.Homes and Community Renewal, the state agency that administers the rent-relief program, announced it would accept applications until Aug. 6. Initially, the agency planned on a two-week window beginning July 16. The response on that first day was so great that it briefly crashed the website to apply.Instructions for the program are available in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Haitian-Creole, Korean and Bengali, according to the agency. The awarding of aid will be prioritized based on applicants’ level of desperation, not on a first-come, first-served basis.Read moreGianaris pitches relief bill for tenants, landlordsLandlords prepare for huge drop-off in rentLA launches rent aid programlast_img read more

GOLDEN LEAGUE: Slovenia beat France!

first_imgDENMARK new-old World Champions! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsSlovenia beat France 27:26 (14:13) in the Round 2 of the Golden League in Denmark. After starting defeat against home team, Slovenians showed why they are still the fourth team at the World from WCh 2013 in Spain… ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. NORDIC FINAL! Denmark beat Spain in thriller! “WANNESINN”! Sweden to play WCh Final after 20 years! Related Items:Denmark, france, golden league, golden league handball, handball, Slovenialast_img read more

Worker consultation is sticking point

first_imgDesperate to wrestle the company statute past ministers, Flynn suggested a new strategy based on the works council arrangements. Controversially – and much to the chagrin of the UK – one option considered was to prevent the establishment of a European company in any country which had not transposed the directive.“Unfortunately, our consultation inNovember 1995 did not work, so we asked Davignon to try to come up with a formula,” said a Commission official.Davignon’s task is far from easy. His group is looking at the situation in different countries in order to “evaluate the risk of circumventing national systems as a result of using the European company” and advise on whether the Commission should propose new legislation or look to a negotiated settlement.German firms in particular are concerned that EU-wide rules could water down their long-established system of worker involvement, and are anxious that firms all over the continent should be subject to the same standards.“We think Mitbestimmung is one of the strengths of the German system and within our group. At least it is in the minds of employers that they should have a look at the interests of their workers,” said a spokesman forDaimler-Benz.Meanwhile, the Commission is keeping its 1995 ideas on the back burner, in case it is required to launch a formal consultation with the unions and employers under the social dialogue. The biggest sticking point remains the degree to which workers should be consulted within the new ‘European companies’, regarded as so crucial to the competitiveness of EU businesses.Countries such as Germany fear their long tradition of Mitbestimmung could be watered down by EU-wide rules. On the other side of the fence sit the UK and Ireland, with no apparent desire to embrace a more ‘continental’ model of industrial relations.Despite official UK resistance to the establishment of works councils, Social Affairs Commissioner Pádraig Flynn was unable to hide his satisfaction that much of British business saw no problem in offering at least some worker consultation.last_img read more

R Moore appointed as new head of UK secret service

first_imgRichard Moore, a career intelligence officer and former diplomat, is to take over as head of MI6, the U.K’s Secret Intelligence Service.He will replace Alex Younger, who has been in the role since 2014. Younger will step down in the fall.“I am pleased and honored to be asked to return to lead my Service,” Moore said. “SIS plays a vital role — with MI5 and GCHQ — in keeping the British people safe and promoting U.K. interests overseas.” After initially joining MI6 in 1987, Moore later served as the U.K. ambassador to Turkey and deputy national security adviser, before joining the Foreign Office as a political director. He was born in Libya and speaks fluent Turkish.Moore was appointed by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who said he returns to MI6 with “tremendous” experience.“[Moore] will oversee the work of a group of men and women whose tireless efforts are rarely seen in public, but which are critical for the security and prosperity of the U.K.”Referred to as “C,” the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service is responsible for leading efforts to gather intelligence overseas. Though these activities are highly secret, MI6’s website lists its aims as “stopping terrorism, disrupting the activity of hostile states, and giving the U.K. a cyber advantage.”last_img read more

Watch Allen Toussaint’s Final Performance In New Orleans With Irma Thomas

first_imgLegendary New Orleans pianist, singer and composer Allen Toussaint passed away this last November, but not before leaving behind one of the strongest musical legacies of his generation. A leader in the community as well as in the studio and on stage, Toussaint worked with a virtual who’s who over the past fifty years, including Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Jerry Garcia, The Meters, Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, and The Band.January 14th Is Now Officially ‘Allen Toussaint Day’ In New OrleansOn this day, what would have been Toussaint’s 78th birthday, let us celebrate his exceptional life and career with Touissant’s final New Orleans performance at the Pavilion of Two Sisters City Park alongside “The Soul Queen of New Orleans,” Irma Thomas:last_img read more

Matt Swanson Helping Steer “Ole Blue” Back To Top

first_imgAfter a red-hot finish to the 2019 Whelen Modified Tour season, Matt Swanson was pumped up.The season had started slow for Swanson and the BRE Racing No. 3 team, with just one top-10 in the first five races. Then, Swanson and the No. 3 team returned to form, finishing outside the top-10 just three times the rest of the season. During the run, Swanson vaulted himself from 12th to 5th in the standings by season’s end.“That was the first time I went a whole offseason and I never stopped thinking about [2020],” Swanson says. “From the second the checkered flag flew at Thompson, I was already thinking about the first race of 2020. And that was kind of the first time that I’ve ever had that fire under my ass, to just get going.”RACING-REFERENCE: Matt Swanson Career StatsBut then the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and the season-opener was both moved and rescheduled. It threw things for a massive loop.“I was honestly a little bit worried going to Jennerstown for that first race because I had been out of a car for so long,” Swanson says. “Everyone can say that an offseason doesn’t really affect them, but when you get back into a racecar after a hiatus of that long… It takes some time to get back used to it.”The extended offseason didn’t slow Swanson down, however. Driving iconic “Ole Blue”, Swanson racked up three top-10 finishes in the first four races, and a total of six for the season. As the team enters 2021, they are arguably readier than ever to return to Victory Lane on the Tour for the first time since the 2017 Icebreaker 150, when Rowan Pennink was behind the wheel.RELATED: Pennink Puts Ole Blue Back Into Victory Lane“It’s gonna be one big celebration when we finally get this [number] 3 car in Victory Lane,” Swanson says. “It would mean the world to me, but it would mean more to my guys. I can’t say it enough, how hard those guys work. Those guys work their butts off to make sure those cars go as good as they do.”2017 was also a year in which the team returned to vintage form as true championship contenders, eventually finishing fourth in the final standings.The Swanson-BRE Racing partnership wasn’t exactly planned from the outset.The team had Pennink tabbed as the driver of the car until August of the 2018 season, when he shocked the Modified community by announcing his retirement due to concerns with back injuries. Swanson, who had filled in for Pennink earlier in the season at Thompson, was tabbed for the job.While the team failed to finish three of the final five races that season, the two races they did finish resulted in top-10s. Swanson was back for 2019, impressed the team with a fifth-place points finish, and continued the partnership.RELATED: One Year Later: Matt Swanson Returns To Thompson With Boehler RacingSwanson is adamant about it: BRE Racing simply does not possess the resources that bigger teams do. What they lack in money, however, is made up for by the brainpower of its crew members. It’s a big motivational chip for the team.“[Other teams] have different crew chiefs, but they all have the same chassis, so they can all bounce ideas off each other,” Swanson says. “Us out there being the oddball, so to say, it adds fuel to the fire to make us want to be better… I have the best crew, in my opinion, in the whole garage, just based on how hard they work.”Despite having Modified greats like Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece driving, BRE Racing hasn’t won a Tour championship since Tony Hirschman went back-to-back in 1995 and 1996. 2021 may very well be the year Ole Blue returns to the promised land.Matt Swanson, driver of the #3 USNE / SYP / All Phases Chevrolet, drives through the garage before the NAPA Auto Parts 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford Motor Speedway on September 26, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)last_img read more

College hosts inaugural week focused on food justice

first_imgThis week, the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) and Campus Ministry are hosting their annual food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, marking the College’s first Food Justice Week. Rebekah DeLine, director of the OCSE, said teaching students about the principles of food justice fulfills the focus Saint Mary’s is placing on their core value of justice this year.“It’s a justice issue,” she said. “Through Catholic social teaching, we believe in the dignity of all, and one of the very basic needs of people is to eat and have access to nourishing food. If they’re ignoring those basic needs, how can they think about other needs like education or medical needs? If they can’t eat, it doesn’t matter.” One of the goals for the year was to expand the food drive into a week that provides more context as why food donation is necessary, she said. “For many years, my office has run a non-perishable food collection,” she said. “This year, one of my goals was to do more. We are still doing our non-perishable food drive, but on top of that, we have planned several events that we hope will get the students, staff and faculty to think a little more about the access issues and insecurity issues surrounding food.”DeLine said Food Justice Week will feature three main events that include a banquet, panel discussion and cooking night. Tuesday’s Hunger Banquet will focus on food insecurity across the globe, she said. “The first event is with Student Diversity Board on Tuesday, and that’s the Hunger Banquet,” she said. “That’s a global look at food insecurity and how, even in different countries, there’s more challenges with food insecurity than ever.”The Hunger Banquet will place attendees in one of three socioeconomic classes: lower, middle and upper. This aims to open up a dialogue about the disparity in food accessibility and affordability, according to an email from Student Diversity Board. This dialogue and education is what Food Justice Week aims to do on a larger scale as well, which is to give students an individual connection to the issue, DeLine said. “It’s a big part of our growing awareness. Educating each person individually helps us be able to respond better,” DeLine said. “It’s one thing to throw a can of soup in a bin, but there’s little connection to the deeper issues.”DeLine said Wednesday’s panel discussion features four experts from the community. “On Wednesday, we will have four local experts come in and discuss food access here in South Bend,” she said. “One woman is from the health department and she will talk about their work, and look at the county as a whole to find out where there are food deserts, food access issues and how they can tackle those issues. Another woman on the panel is from Unity Gardens, which is one major garden and other community gardens where they help plant and harvest food that’s free for everybody. Their approach to food access is very interesting because they’re looking at fresh food, but they’ve also come up with some programs to help people overcome the barriers when it comes to fresh food, like how to prepare it.” Emily Sipos-Butler, assistant director to Campus Ministry, said she was glad DeLine reached out to her and got her involved in Food Justice week. “This is something that is near and dear to my heart, the idea of faith in action and faith working towards justice,” she said. Sipos-Butler said Campus Ministry will be co-sponsoring Thursday’s event, which is Cooking and Conversation. “For me, the motivation is faith, but for other students it may be something else and that’s totally fine, so, from the Campus Ministry perspective, I want to help students connect their faith life with their work in the world,” she said. “One of the ways we’re doing that is on Thursday, Campus Ministry is co-sponsoring a Cooking and Conversation, food insecurity event. We’re going to prepare a meal together, we’re going to look at access of healthy food in our community through the eyes of someone who is poor. So, we’ll look at how we can prepare inexpensive, healthy meals.”This event, and Food Justice Week as a whole, gives the Saint Mary’s community a chance to increase their knowledge of ways they can get themselves involved in decreasing food insecurity, Sipos-Butler said.“The need is throughout our community and through this Food Justice Week we hope to raise awareness about food insecurity in general, and specifically how it affects our community, why we should care and how we can make a difference because Belles are great at making a difference,” Sipos-Butler said. Tags: core values, food insecurity, food justice, saint mary’slast_img read more

Developer looking to bring senior living apartments, villas to Veterans Park area in Shawnee

first_imgAn overhead rendering of the proposed development.Plans for a new senior housing development near Veterans Park in Shawnee are in the works.The rezoning request, unanimously approved last month by Shawnee’s planning and zoning committee, included a preliminary plan for the development of independent senior housing units adjacent to Veterans Park, located at Johnson Drive and Pflumm Road.The rezoning request — from mixed use and residential use to only residential use — and preliminary plan for the development got council approval on a 7-0 vote last week. Council member Justin Adrian was absent.Current plans for the development include 61 attached villa units in 30 buildings on the western side as well as 236 apartment units in five buildings on the northern and eastern sides. The villa units will be for sale, according to a June 11 city memo from Planning Director Paul Chaffee. Each villa unit, at 1,558 to 2,300 square feet, will have two bedrooms, two baths, a two-car garage and a basement area. The apartments will be age restricted.Pat Regan with Regan Realtors said the development will allow residents to “retire” from house maintenance duties such as lawn care, eventually making room for in-home care opportunities in their old age.The living units will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom units containing 720 to 1,080 square feet. Four of the apartment buildings will be four stories, and one building will be three stories.Construction on the project would begin only after the final development plan and final plat receive future council approval.A rendering of the proposed construction materials for the senior living facility.last_img read more