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.

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.


It might mean:

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.

  • 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

To have an "edge" is to have a slight advantage. See def 2(d) in this:


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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