Office Space: Trendy Entertainment

Trendy Entertainment is an independent video game development studio that operates out of a fourth-floor office right in the middle of downtown, a hop-and-a-skip away from The Hippodrome Theatre. The spacious, 6,500-square-foot office is full of programmers, artists and testers making sure that the products they put out not only look great but are a blast to play. The layout of their new office, which they’ve been in since January, is more conducive to the collaborative atmosphere of this successful game studio.

And although the business is about “fun and games,” CEO Agapitus Lye and his employees work hard. “Game development is an industry where you don’t go into it because you want to ‘make a living,’” Lye says. “You go into it because you love what you do.”

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“Augi” opened Trendy Entertainment in December of 2009. Lye is a classical violinist and the inventor of ToneRite, a device meant to simulate years of play in instruments. In addition to running the company, he also participates in a weekly hacking group, where a group of about 40 engineers and tech-heads get together to tinker with machines.

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For Christmas, Lye bought his employees NERF guns. What ensued were two weeks of sporadic non-lethal gunfire throughout the office. The office will still occasionally break out in epic NERF battles—fitting for a gaming company.

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The previous office was a “disjointed” 2,000 square feet spread over three rooms that made it difficult to communicate. Employees would often work in the hallways. The new office offers space for the team to get together in one place and space to break off into individual departments.

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The rooms with the most traffic are the art rooms. The collaborative nature of art makes it the most active, and employees often talk about projects with one another.

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LOCATION: 110 SE 1st St.

WEBSITE: www.trendyent.com

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 30, including interns

HOW LONG IN CURRENT LOCATION: 5 months

WHAT THEY DO: Trendy develops downloadable video game titles for all platforms. Trendy contains a full team ranging from game testers to marketing professionals.

DESIGNED BY: Most of their interior design was done by their own artists.

FUN FACT: Dungeon Defenders has been downloaded more than 3.5 million times since its October release.

WANT TO WORK THERE? Trendy is hiring. Lye warns that everyone is expected to work 50 or more hours a week, so potential applicants should love making games.

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