In Game Dev Story the number of people is limited by the size of your office, so in the beginning you can only employ 4 people. At some point I was asked if I wanted to move into a bigger office and I'm now wondering what triggers it.

So, what do I have to do to get a bigger office?

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    I'd wager its reaching x amount of money by year y but I'm not sure. Jan 13, 2011 at 9:14
  • I am not sure either it is not money related this is my 10th play through I'm on yr12 I have 90000 dollars and I have more than 4awards for my game and this was the only time I haven't gotten it so try what I'm Going to do, start over.
    – user41372
    Jan 24, 2013 at 0:40
  • must be $ and time related along with something else. I have $70,000k. Y10M2W4, been in the 2nd office since ~4Y. I have about 6 awards (4 of em are runner up awards...even tho i have gotten one 40 and 3 38pt games. grumble).
    – user43711
    Mar 11, 2013 at 15:19

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I'm now pretty sure that you get the 3rd office after you win 3 awards for your games. It was triggered for me immediately after the awards ceremony.

  • I'm not sure about this, I don't remember either office offer happening after game awards or other events.
    – Shaun
    Feb 23, 2011 at 21:01
  • I too got it right after an awards ceremony, except I had way over three awards by that time
    – varesa
    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:48
  • Just to clarify, it's not any 3 awards, but 3 Best Game awards.
    – Schism
    Mar 11, 2013 at 16:30

I didn't pay attention on my first play-through, but on my second play-through, I noticed the following:

  • Y3, M12, W3, I was offered the 2nd office for 6.5k. It allows for 6 employees.
  • T10, M12, W3, I was offered the 3rd office for 25k. It allows for 8 employees.
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    It might be money related... I got the 3rd office well before Y10
    – TM.
    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:49
  • its Y4 M2 W3 since the new update
    – user31353
    Aug 26, 2012 at 16:32

I'm pretty sure it's money related...Usually I hit the second office in the second or third year, and the third office between the seventh and eighth. I'm pretty sure its the "overall" amount of money you've made, because I've been in situations where I didn't notice the payment, and where the payment has demanded serious sacrifice.

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