The thing that caught my eye was the bit about being held by his employment contract to not being able to work in his chosen area for the last year. This isn’t new news of course, there’s a long tradition of US companies that are so scared of the slightest competition forcing their employees to not work for a period of time, or to change career.
So here’s my invitation to you, game developer person. Come to Australia where the employment laws make it illegal for Australian companies to include such clauses in their employment contracts. And if they do, those clauses cannot actually be enforced. Our employers cannot sack someone on a whim either, meaning that you don’t have to fear leaving crunch time to attend your childs birthday party or attend a sick relative — or even just to go home and get some sleep. (We work smarter, not harder.)
We have a great climate, but of course you know that already. What you might not know is that we do have a fairly reasonable cost of living and living standards, depending on the city you choose to live in. In fact the two game development hubs in Oz, Brisbane and Melbourne aren’t the most expensive places to live (although Melbourne does come close. It’s second to Sydney.) Unfortunately, Adelaide (my home town) while one of the low cost of living, great family lifestyle places, isn’t really a hub of game development activity.
You probably also don’t realise that Aussies are pretty smart people. Every year, tremendous scientific and medical breakthroughs are made here.
We’re also a friendly bunch.
Mark, if you’re reading this, consider relocating here. You’ll be able to build great games with good people, and not worry about those pesky employment contracts again.
You just have to watch out for the wildlife, that’s all.