When we decided to move our mobile games company from Karlsruhe to Berlin in January 2018, we were in kind of a “now or never” situation. We had grown rapidly within only a few months and knew that if we waited only a few more (and grow further), we would risk losing a significant part of the team in the process.
Moving can be a huge inconvenience. Everything has to be planned thoroughly — from logistics to clearing out the old and setting up new accommodation. Looking back, we are happy we seized the opportunity. Dealing with all the challenges connected to the move paid off, and our company wouldn’t be where it is today if we hadn’t taken on that challenge.
In December 2017, our office in the city center of Karlsruhe had become too small for our team that had already grown to 35. The city had been an ideal environment to found our company in: The KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) provided us with excellently educated and eager graduates while the city’s ICT industry platform, the “Cyberforum”, as well as the local games industry, offered advice and guidance.
At some point, however, we realized that in order to expand our team to meet the increasing demand by our players, we needed a change of environment — so we made the pretty obvious choice to move to what is one of the most creative and dynamic cities in Europe: the German capital, Berlin.
Now or never?
We went for “now” and seized the opportunity at the right moment. We had to bid goodbye to only two team members who couldn’t leave Karlsruhe and the remaining 35 packed their bags and came with us to Berlin. Of course, we made sure to help everyone with finding a new home in the city (easier said than done, anyone who has ever come in contact with the Berlin housing market can confirm). Looking back, we can say with confidence that moving to Berlin was a pivotal step for the growth of our company and one of the best decisions we have made along the way — and since our “one year in Berlin” anniversary is approaching, we want to sum up the most important events of 2018. Oh, what a year it has been…
Although the renovations took some time, our new office turned out great.