Jordi Gil González

Junior Tools Programmer

Quick Questions

PC or console

When I was a kid, I used to play on console because it was more accessible in my housev. But, once I got my first job, I bought and set up my own PC and since then I usually play most of the time on PC. 

Go-to karaoke song

I´m not really into karaoke.

Favorite Hitman map and why

My favorite map was always Sapienza. Last year I had the opportunity to Vernazza, the small seaside town in Cinque Terre, Italy, and it’s beautiful. I like a lot the Mediterranean ambience, it reminds me a lot to Costa Brava. In the other hand we have Chongquing, from HITMAN 3. I love it. The illumination is insane, the neons in the streets and the rainy atmosphere is on another level. 

Meal that reminds you of childhood

I know it may sound cliché, but in my house the Spanish omelet is like a ritual. It reminds me of my grandmother, who cooked the tastiest I’ve ever eaten.

Your secret superpower?

Time control. Not like Hiro Nakamura, but I have good time skills and I am able to calculate quite accurately when I can take to go from one place to another without using any kind of tool like google maps. This has allowed me to always be very punctual (or almost always hehehe). 

Most and least favorite items on your desk

My favorite item on my desk is my white cat-shaped cup that my girlfriend gifted to me when I started working at IOI. It reminds me of my then 17 year-old cat that passed away two years ago. – note: I’m 25, so this cat was with me and my family my entire childhood!

Least favorite: Probably the Xbox controller, which is always lying around the desk and I never use. 

Something you wish you knew more about

I wish I knew more languages.

Recommend three books, games or movies

It’s difficult to me recommend only three from one category cause I have a lot of recommendations in each category. But I will go with the games:
1. The Last of Us 
2. Stardew Valley
3. To the Moon

Deeper Questions

What do you do at IOI?

I’m Junior Tools Programmer. That means, I build and maintain tools for our technical artists, game designers, sound designers, gameplay programmers, writers, etc. to make their job easier, faster, and productive. I’ve started working on improvements for the Node Shader Editor that we have in our Glacier Engine and now I’m working on Sweet, the application we use to create all the dialogues for our games.

Can you tell us more about yourself?

Well, I’m from Barcelona and I have a lot of passion about programming, video games and martial arts. I studied bachelor’s in computer science and a master’s in Advanced Programming and I’m a Krav Maga Instructor too.

Since I was a kid, I’ve played a lot of video games, but it wasn’t since high school that I decided to study computer science. In the last year of my studies, I fell in love with computer graphics programming, and the gaming industry is the best place to exploit that passion.

I am a very active person, so whenever I can I exercise. I really enjoy spending time training self-defense with my friends (and teaching them) and walking a lot around the city or in the mountains. Even more when I’m traveling. But it’s not always exercise, I also define myself as a person with great cultural restlessness. I love watching movies and TV series, photography, reading about politics and geopolitics (I like to be able to better understand the world and analyze why political decisions are made). I also enjoy reading about physics, astrophysics, and history. And, of course, playing video games! 

What's your daily source of inspiration?

My parents are my first source of inspiration. Growing up watching them work hard to give the best to my brother and me is what makes me work so hard every day to achieve all my goals.

Why are you passionate about what you do?

I love programming and helping people, and my job gives me the opportunity to help people while programming. It’s amazing to finish a task and hear all the compliments from teammates and see their quality of life at work improve. I think this is a thought that all of us on the tools team have in mind. 

What projects do you work on outside of work?

I’m coding a Game Engine from scratch to learn more, and sometimes I participate in game jams with some university colleagues. I teach self-defense in the gym where I used to train, and I’m learning photography. 

What's your most memorable IOI moment?

Well, I started in October 2021, so it’s not long since I’ve been here at IOI. But I’ll keep having met the whole tools team in person. There are two of us here in Barcelona, and the rest of the people are working in Copenhagen and Malmö. The Hitman 3 release party brought us all together in person for the first time.  

Also, I would add going to Camp Nou with Marinus to enjoy the FC Barcelona vs. Galatasaray Europa League match. 

What's the best bit of advice you've ever been given?

Trust the process. This means that even if you think things are going wrong, you have to trust the process. And with effort and patience, you will get everything right in the end. 

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