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I'm listening to this podcast and I hear the following phrase at around 13:45.

There's a little bit of an edge to work in a company where you make games.

I can guess only guess it means: It is a priviledge or something like that. I've searched the phrase in google but didn't find anything. Could anyone please elaborate on the actual meaning of this phrase?

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It means if you have an edge over someone, think of yourself as a little sharper because you have the advantage.

(TFD) - 3. A margin of superiority; an advantage: a slight edge over the opposition.

There's a little bit of an edge to work in a company where you make games asserts that such a company will give you the competitive edge over others.

  • Similarly, if your company is on the cutting edge of gaming technology, it is the industry leader.
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In the supplied context, it sounds as though the word edge is being used in the sense outlined in definition 2.1 on OxfordDictionaries.com:

[IN SINGULAR] An intense, sharp, or striking quality:

a flamenco singer brings a primitive edge to the music

there was an edge of menace in his voice

The speaker in your podcast is likely trying to convey that working for a games company is exciting, intense, dynamic and possibly high-paced in respect to companies in other sectors.

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It might mean:

noun
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a quality or factor which gives superiority over close rivals.
"his cars have the edge over his rivals'"
synonyms: advantage, lead, head, head start, trump card, the whip hand . . . . antonyms: disadvantage

--Google's dictionary

So, in the context you give, perhaps superior because fun or interesting, or maybe advantageous in increasing one's value on the job market in certain areas.

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  • 568ml's answer is also possible, as is Brian Hitchcock's. Maybe the intended meaning can be discerned from what was said before or after the quoted sentence. Mar 3, 2015 at 10:09
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To have an "edge" is to have a slight advantage. See def 2(d) in this:

http://i.word.com/idictionary/edge

I'm guessing the speaker considers it useful for career advancement to be able to say one has worked at a game company.

But it is odd he said "to work" rather than "to working". So it's possible he might have meant that the work itself had an "edge" to it; that it is edgy, or cutting-edge, meaning at the forefront of the art. See definition 2 here: http://i.word.com/idictionary/cutting-edge

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