Impressive Tech and An Easy Lifestyle Brought our CTO Over

- With Maurizio De Pascale, Chief Technical Officer at IO Interactive Copenhagen

In 2009, Maurizio joined IOI as an Engine Programmer. With a Ph. D. in robotics and a black belt in C++, he was one of the driving forces behind the development of a new iteration of IOI’s proprietary Glacier technology that was first used for Hitman Absolution in 2012.

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“My name is Maurizio, I was born and raised in sunny southern Italy. I've been playing videogames since I was kid, started making them in my late teenager years and then professionally for more than a decade. That has brought me to live in a few places around the world, from Canada to the UK, and now here in Denmark.”

Maurizio is now IOI’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and still has the same passion for improving the technology that he was impressed by all those years ago, even though Glacier has changed and evolved significantly since then. In 2019, Glacier won the Best Technology Award at the Nordic Game Conference for HITMAN 2 and has gone from strength to strength with the recent HITMAN 3 and upcoming Project 007 both being fully powered by Glacier.

Moving back to Copenhagen after some time in Canada was made easier by Maurizio’s previous time in the city, but also his love for what Copenhagen is all about.

“Copenhagen has many sides that I have really learned to love over the years. It's a capital city, so you find everything you'll ever need, and yet its size is so manageable that it feels more like a large town. Living in a huge metropolis can make you feel lost or disconnected, but here it's easy to go everywhere and get to know most places, which makes me feel like I actually belong.

Life is pretty easy in Denmark and the Danes have built and defended a very reasonable way of living, which are both things that I really appreciate a lot.”

In Denmark, you can typically expect a 37-hour work week and flexible working hours. It’s deeply ingrained into the Danish work culture that family, spare time, hobbies and a relaxed lifestyle are just as important as work. Most importantly, your managers know that - and you will get used to it too!

Working at IOI is just one part of your life in Denmark, and the other parts are made easier to manage and organise by having a system that just works. Every penny (or krone) that you pay in taxes goes toward the welfare and public systems that make your life easier: public health insurance, smart infrastructure, education, research, safety and digitalised systems are just a few.

With a 37-hour work week and smart public systems, there is ample time for focusing on your hobbies, family and experiencing Copenhagen’s unique culture.

“Copenhagen is full of expats. More than 1/3 of the population I'm told, so there are so many cultures and people similarly seeking new bonds and connections. It's super easy to get yourself into a sport club or go to a dance school to pick up few new moves. There's really a lot going on.

In my free time, I’m usually coding, playing games, playing musical instruments, cooking (and feasting), some lightweight sport or folding origami. In no specific order and sometimes more than one at the same time. When I’m with friends and family, I could be checking out a new restaurant or going to a park, meeting at a friend's place or watching movies together on my couch.”

We can’t talk about Copenhagen without talking about bikes. They’re everywhere! Not only because Copenhagen is aiming to become the first carbon-neutral city, but also because renewable energy and taking care of the environment is an essential way of life for many Danes. Also, bikes are just the fastest and most convenient way to get around.

"Don't bring your car. You won't need it here„

Thanks to Maurizio for helping to paint a picture of what it’s like to live and work in Copenhagen. If you want to know more about HITMAN 3, Project 007, our relocation packages, or browse our open positions, you’re just a click away.

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