Have you ever wanted to work in video games? Many EA interns go on to grow their careers at EA, and EA offers our interns the opportunity to win a scholarship to assist with the financial impact of their university studies. We’ll be looking at a few new faces that have recently won EA intern scholarships
Adam Berg made sure to get the most out of his EA internship. Since joining EA as a co-op in 2014, he’s been working on FIFA titles and fitting in with his team at Burnaby, Canada.
Learn more about how he landed his first real gig in gaming.
Where were you when you found out you would be receiving a scholarship?
I was attending what I thought was a normal monthly FIFA development update. At the end of the meeting, it was announced to the whole FIFA team that I had won the scholarship.
What are you working on at EA?
During my time as an intern, I worked on the FIFA 15 Golds titles. This included FIFA 15 for the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and PlayStation Vita. I am now back on the FIFA team working on the PS4, Xbox One and PC FIFA 16 titles.
How did you first get interested in videogames?
I was first introduced to videogames on the Amiga, with classics like Zany Golf and Loom. Flash forward a few years, and my older brother and I were constantly perusing IGN looking for a game for our Nintendo 64. We ended up ordering The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I was blown away by this game and started seeing video games in a whole new light. I kept up with the latest gaming news, watching the industry explode in popularity.
Since then, the masterpieces have continued rolling in: Civilization, Half-Life 2, The Elder Scrolls, Journey, and The Last of Us to name a few. Each experience brought me one step close to where I am today.
What have you had the most fun doing at EA?
I’ve had the most fun lying to my co-workers in The Resistance: Avalon during lunch. I also enjoy taking a break from coding and playing some head-to-head FIFA.
Do you have any advice for someone looking to break into the industry?
My advice is the same advice I was given by an EA recruiter. Start your own side project to show how passionate you really are. This is also a great opportunity to see if this industry is right for you. You should have fun working on your project, and you’ll come out with skills you didn’t even know you were learning!
If you weren’t working in videogames, what would you be doing?
I would probably still be somewhere in the computer industry. I find web development and computer hardware almost as interesting as videogames.
What do you hope to be working on in ten years?
Ten years is a long time in this industry. Certain techniques, tools, and technologies have pushed video games to a whole new level of immersion over the past several years. I hope to be working on the cutting-edge technology that pushes video games and computing forwards.
Lightning round: One-word answers, please. Favorite videogame of all time?
What do you do after work to relax or de-stress?
Where did you go to school?
University of British Columbia.
What is your gaming platform of choice?
What is the first game you remember playing?
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