Splash Damage

We’re a British video game developer that specialises in multiplayer first-person shooter video games.
http://www.splashdamage.com

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Splash Damage produces team-based multi-player games that create friendships and healthy competition. The same culture can be found in the headquarters of the company, which started with three friends coding in a bedroom.

The London-based video games developer now has 300 “Splashers”, but it has worked to maintain the values of its formative years in the early 2000s.

Charity work is an important part of the Splash ethos. Special Effect is a fundraising favourite. It uses video games and technology to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with disabilities. The company, which has created AAA experiences for acclaimed franchises such as Enemy Territory and Gears of War, donated all vending machine profits to the charity.

Splash's drive to improve diversity and inclusion has been accompanied by support for related charities, such as Mermaids. The broad range of good causes supported also includes the Rainforest Alliance, Beyond Autism, the British Heart Foundation, Toilet Twinning and a local women's refuge.

Charity and social events played a big part in keeping staff connected while they were working remotely. The leadership team gave daily updates after lockdown started.

Weekly video messages feature the chief executive, news about the business, showcases of colleagues' work and introductions to new joiners, who also get a welcome tea. Leaders hold monthly Q&A sessions and tap workers' views anonymously through regular Winningtemp surveys.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

92% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The new and improved version of the company's 12-month leadership development programme, first launched in 2017, is based on three main targets: more relevant, more flexible, more bite-sized. The lessons will contain skills and concepts immediately applicable to day-to-day work.

My Company

86% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

Much of the talent in the studio arrives through referrals from existing members of staff, reflecting the belief they have in the company. Referral bonuses are paid, up to £5,000 for the hardest-to-fill roles. Splash Damage's concerted push on diversity and inclusion has improved the variety of applicants.

Giving Something Back

88% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities


Splash Damage ditched canned and bottled drinks in favour of drinks dispensers as part of its efforts to be kinder to the environment. This simple change saved more than 21,000 cans and bottles in the first three months alone. Recycling is encouraged as much as possible, including coffee grounds.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2001
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
33
Employee average age
83% : 15%
Male : Female employee ratio
67%
Employees earning £35k+
17%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Quote from the top...
"We founded Splash Damage over 20 years with a mission to create games that forge lifelong friendships. This work has always been an immense privilege, but perhaps never more so than right now. Being able to bring joy to millions during such a difficult time has been incredibly humbling and rewarding. But we also rose to the challenge within our own studio. We prioritised safety by shifting everyone to remote working early, placed a greater focus on mental health, and adjusted our internal communication to foster a sense of belonging until we can safely reunite. The fact that this result is based on our employees’ opinion is quite possibly the most rewarding Thank You we could have hoped for."

Richard Jolly, CEO - Splash Damage

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