Benjamin Gifford Encourages the Team to Push Beyond limits
Top Games Inc. (TPI) is a leading indie video game development team that prioritizes professionalism, efficiency, and fun. Established in 2015, TPI has developed popular games like Evony: The King's Return, Plague of Z, Mafia Origin, Alliance of Glory, Kings Legion, Infinity Clan, and Dream Journey Makeover, enjoyed by players worldwide. With a mission to bring joy to players across the globe, TPI is committed to delivering the best gaming experience possible while building strong gaming communities.
Vice President Benjamin Gifford shares his insights on how TPI manages its teams. "At Top Games Inc., we focus on delivering excellence, not perfection," he says. While many development teams strive for perfection, Benjamin believes this approach can often leave them behind the competition. Instead, TPI strives for excellence by encouraging constant innovation. "Looking at the leading companies in your field, they might never own a perfect product or service. But what they do own is excellence," he explains.
TPI encourages its team members to continuously innovate and push beyond their limits. "The team shouldn’t limit themselves in job protection mode. Instead, they should stretch their capabilities and constantly grow without satisfaction with current success,” says Benjamin. The team structure is designed to encourage open communication and promote efficiency. Engineers have no more than three management levels between them and the CEO of the engineering department, while managers and team leaders have more than seven direct reports. This lean and flat structure ensures that everyone on the team has a voice and can contribute to the company's success.
To deliver high-quality games efficiently, TPI sets clear goals, defines roles and responsibilities, encourages open communication, streamlines processes, provides resources, encourages innovation, and provides feedback. The team plans to continue building its popular catalog by releasing exciting titles with top-requested features, including co-op gameplay, 3-D sequencing, and real-time strategy play.
As technology continues to advance, TPI believes that the future of gaming will be heavily influenced by virtual and augmented reality, as well as the growth of mobile gaming. Games will become more immersive and interactive, with a focus on creating unique experiences for players. TPI recognizes the growing demand for socially responsible games with positive impacts on society, emphasizing diversity and inclusivity. There is also a shift towards games that have a strong emphasis on storytelling and narrative, allowing players to become fully immersed in the game world and its characters. The use of artificial intelligence and machine learning is also expected to increase in the development of games, leading to more intelligent and responsive gameplay.