Programmer: Tommy Tan
■ Why did you choose to join Koei Tecmo Singapore (KTS)?
Having graduated from DigiPen Institute of Singapore, I wanted to join a company that would allow me to further hone my skills in game development. Being one of the leading game companies in Singapore, I think KTS can provide me with that.
■ How is the working environment like?
Having worked in KTS for awhile now, I feel that the company emphasizes a lot on self-discipline. It feels really good knowing that your superiors and colleagues trust you to manage your own schedule. The current office also has a great view and a pool!
■ What are some of the challenges that you have encountered in your work?
Being part of a project that is currently live, we are constantly improving the games. This requires us to be constantly modifying the code and making sure that new feature does not break the other parts of the game. To me, this is a very challenging and delicate process since the code base would have evolved tremendously over its lifespan. Working on a live project also means that we have to be very careful when publishing code. On the event where a bug is present, we must be quick to respond and rectify it immediately to ensure a smooth user experience.
■ Most memorable moment in KTS?
I was fortunate enough to be part of the organizing committee for one of the year end events. During that event my team and I were tasked to decorate the location and we had a lot of fun doing that. We even made a mini dry ice volcano!
There was once we had to rush a feature out by the next day and everyone had to work overtime. Although it was very tiring, seeing everyone putting in their best and accomplishing the task before the dateline is truly deserving to be one of my most memorable moment in KTS.
■ A word for the potential applicants.
Keep an open mind, everyone is learning 🙂