I understand if its a direct conflict of interest but I will not stand for a company restricting my private activities and hobbies just for the hell of it. [/quote:1f2c9d3075]
Ah, that old chestnut. I’m sure Steph or someone will comment more authoratively but in general companies own all IP generated while you’re an employee. You’d need to be pretty up-front with the company on this stuff and get a clear waiver relating to your game project.
I’ll caution though that this creates a barrier for you in the application process – so if it’s you and another guy on equal billing in the hiring process, then the other guy’ll get it because it’s cleaner not to have to deal with IP caveats.
Your mileage will vary of course – I’d imagine the bigger companies (like EA) wouldn’t budge from the default clause but smaller ones might be happy to negotiate.