Pete, our esteemed Loca Manager, did an internal survey to see which languages are spoken by flare employees.
These are the results:
The flaregames team comprises 18 nationalities, speaks three distinct native forms of English, a few local German dialects and a total of some 21 languages. (Not including Texan.) We also have colleagues with Belarusian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian and Taiwanese roots, amongst others. And a handful of complaining Canadians.
Argentinian, Bulgarian, British, Canadian, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, French, Galician , German, Hungarian, Indian, Israeli, Italian, Kazakh, Romanian, Scottish, Spanish, Texan, US American
Bulgarian, Croatian, Cantonse Danish, English (US, Canadian, British), French, Finnish, Galician, German (includes Swabian, Bavarian and other dialects), Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Kannada, Mandarin, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish (includes Argentinian and other dialects), Telugu
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flaregames has its HQ in Karlsruhe and we love the place. Here’s why:
1. It’s one of Germany’s most sunny cities, has mild winters with little snow and warm summers.
2. It’s almost on the French border, just a 15 minute drive from the next supermarché. Paris is 2 hours and 30 minutes by train; beautiful Strasbourg is less than an hour’s drive away. If you want to travel elsewhere, an hour train ride will take you to Frankfurt International, Germany’s biggest airport.
3. People are friendly, polite, helpful and generally much more relaxed than their southern neighbors in Stuttgart. While their form of German is sometimes hard to understand, most speak English well.
4. In Karlsruhe, you don’t need a car. It has the highest density of car sharing stations among all German cities and the public transport system is great. Also, you can easily get by with a bike on more than 100 Km of marked bike lanes. (If you’re into cars, well, there’s always the Autobahn…)
5. It’s an IT hotspot. The local “Cyberforum” (an organizational trade body for IT companies) boasts more than a thousand member companies. An EU study ranked Karlsruhe No 4 of all European IT regions (after Munich, London and Paris). Karlsruhe is essentially a city of gamers, it even has a Retro Gaming Museum. And a 3D printer store right in the city center.
6. Food connaisseurs have plenty to discover in and around Karlsruhe. It’s a wine country, origin region of the famous White Riesling. There are 16 Michelin Star restaurants in the region, and Baiersbronn, a nearby village, even boasts two 3-star restaurants, which is as many as London.
7. It’s a rich city, with the lowest debt per household in all of Germany. Everything is neat and well-ordered and there are plenty of jobs.
8. The city is family friendly and has been recognized as a “Kinderstadt” (children’s city) by UNICEF in 2010. In every quarter you’ll find playgrounds, Kindergardens and shops catering to family needs.
9. Have you heard of the Black Forest? The Schwarzwald is a giant wooded mountain range that stretches from Karlsruhe to Freiburg, along the river Rhine. It’s a great place for skiing, climbing, biking, hiking, or just simply relaxing with a beer at a lake, while enjoying the sunset.
10. Do you like outdoor sports? Karlsruhe is Germany’s best city for jogging (Runner’s World magazine said so in 2010) as more than 60 percent of the city grounds are greenery or parks. A real forest, the Hardtwald, can be reached just a few minutes’ walk from the the city center. The stadiums of a number of Bundesliga football (soccer) clubs can be reached within an hour’s drive: Karlsruhe’s own KSC (currently in 2nd division), 1899 Hoffenheim, VfB Stuttgart, SC Freiburg, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and others. Sports clubs for everyone make it easy to do any sport you like, from basketball to horseback riding, to aikido. You can even join a square dance club.
And here’s some impressions: