Hometown 2K Headquarters
By Brad Arata and Rishi Nachnani
Of all the businesses and companies that put Novato on the map, none are bigger than the 2K headquarters right here in Hamilton. 2K is a video game publisher, which has produced games such as WWE, NHL, Mafia, Borderlands, NBA2K, and many more.
The 2K headquarters offers opportunity and promise for many people in the video game industry. There are a variety of different job opportunities at Hangar 13, a subsidiary of 2K Games. It touches the interests of people that share an interest in anything that has to do with the video game world.
2K headquarters offers over 100 different types of jobs. Ever wonder if you could test games and get paid while doing it? Well you can in a variety of different ways at 2K headquarters.
With various games being published one after another, 2K is constantly working on multiple games at once. Lead Concept Artist at Hangar 13, Brandon Lai, described in an email how 2K develops their games.
“2K developers have 2 major teams- Visual Concepts and Hangar 13,” Lai described. “There may be a chance 2K is overall producing 4-6 major PC/Console games at once, not including minor mobile games releasing with the bigger ones.”
He also discussed the keys for the overall success of the company.
“2K is a successful and profitable product,” Lai stated. “It’s a studio which hits its milestones and delivery dates. A healthy studio with and open and transparent culture.”
2K’s best selling game of all time is Borderlands 2, which has now sold over 13 million copies since 2012. Borderlands 2 is the sequel to the hit game, Borderlands, from 2009. It’s a first-person shooter game packed with lots of action.
Novato High junior Eddie Rodriguez has been playing Borderlands 2 for a few months now.
“The gameplay is awesome. I’m never bored when I play, and it is hard to stop playing once I start,” Rodriguez said. “The 2K headquarters being so close is definitely one of the most interesting things in Novato, I think. It is really cool how such a popular gaming company is located here in Novato.”
Another very popular game produced by 2K is NBA 2K, which is the most played NBA game by a longshot. 2K has been producing NBA games ever since 1999. At the time, the game was produced by Sega sports which worked in correlation with 2K. 2K eventually began to publish NBA games as their own and it quickly rose to one of their best-selling games.
Over the years, 2K has drastically improved in many ways. From animations to storylines to video game graphics, 2K seemingly gets better year to year.
Jamie Heath, a junior at Novato High, has been playing NBA 2K since NBA 2K13.
“Every year it improves and they develop their games a lot differently. I am always playing the park mode with my friends and it never gets old,” Heath said. “It’s kind of crazy that a worldwide game is right here in our own town. I’ve gone there and saw some pretty cool things. It is a huge facility with a ton of posters and cool things around it.”
Being the home to 2K brings great recognition to Novato and enjoyable job opportunities for many. Lai has enjoyed his years at 2K very much.
“2K is one of the last big console developers in Northern California,” he states. “Hangar 13 encourages a healthy attitude and family comes first. It’s the dream.”