The name has the feel of legend. To me anyway, and possibly because it originated on a day when I was running a fever. When you have a fever, everything takes on a misty quality.
The PopCap Games Customer Support team is a family in the fullest sense. We think about each other, worry about each other, and feel that we ought to “meet this new boy you’re going out with, young lady!” So, when I got the flu and took a sick day, I vaguely recall expressing a feeling of guilt that I wasn’t in the office helping carry my share of the workload.
The other thing it is important to know about our team is that we all love to read, particularly sci-fi/fantasy. For about the last year, three of our team have been devoted to The Wheel of Time (in 2007, the entire team was reading Harry Potter all at once. I made pumpkin pasties to celebrate the release of Deathly Hallows).
I am not one of the Wheel of Time readers (at least, not yet), but this is the legend of the name, as it has been told to me:
When I apologized for being sick and letting everyone down, the reaction of protectiveness and support from the entire team was reminiscent of the wolves in the Wheel of Time. Our resident Sawyer (just in case there are people left in the world who didn’t watch Lost, Sawyer is the guy who gives everyone nicknames) started referring to the team as the “Wolfpack.”
Sorry if that’s a long story… apparently it’s of profound importance to us that no one mistakenly assumes the name has something to do with a movie about the ill consequences of inebriation.
Nearly a year after adopting the name Wolfpack, we moved into a nice cozy section of cubicles and promptly named it the Wolfden, and at that point, well, team t-shirts seemed to be in order! The wonderful PopCap artist Dev Madan volunteered to design us a team logo, and we had shirts made and shipped around the world to our teams in other offices. Even though we’ve never met some of them, they’re all our wolf-brothers now, and it’s a bond you can’t deny.
That’s part of the beauty of this place — PopCap is a family, and the people we work with every day can become the best friends of our lives. This is not just a place where you punch a timecard and carry out your tasks. It’s a place where you give your all alongside your family, and the world of fun you have in the meantime is the whipped cream on the sundae.