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Challenging Supercell's Sacred Cows: The Importance of Evolving Culture as You Grow

Lesley Mansford  (Co-Chief People Officer, Supercell)

Location: Room 2010, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 24

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Plus Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Advocacy, Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Viewing Experience: In-Person

Vault Recording: Video

In this session, Lesley Mansford, the co-chief people officer of Supercell, will discuss how the company has approached its evolving culture over the past 12 years as a global games company with studios in Helsinki, Shanghai, and a North America studio in the works now. Supercell's mission is to create games that as many people as possible play for years and that are remembered forever, which makes listening to the community and addressing their needs essential. With growing community needs, the Finnish developer regularly assesses its culture to identify core values and required changes. Ensuring its teams and processes are set up to deliver great games and a healthy, sustainable work environment remains as important as ever. Lesley will highlight the importance of companies reevaluating culture as a habit as they grow, instead of as a response – and how Supercell is approaching its second decade.


Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of how they can evaluate and evolve their studio culture to meet their mission. Attendees will hear specific examples and anecdotes from Supercell's experience that can help them foster more positive environments in their own studios amid a time of such significant change in the industry.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for team leaders of all kinds who are looking for practical ways to identify the core pillars of their studio culture, reevaluate what's working and what might not be, and make changes to improve the performance, mental health and wellness of their teams.