How Cloud Elements Killed Assassin

By Brandi Hererra in Life at Cloud Elements Posted Feb 20, 2017

Usually killing your co-workers is highly frowned upon but we work at a startup so no rules, right? Throughout the month of February, Cloud Elements played a company wide game of assassin.


Here are the rules on how to play; each player is assigned another player or “target”. Your mission is to 'assassinate' your target using the challenge assigned to you. After you eliminate your first target, you get assigned your target's target. The game continues until there is only one player left.

With offices in Denver, Dallas, and San Francisco, 65 employees were assigned targets and missions.

Some of the tasks included; getting  your co-worker to photocopy their hand, belting Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” out loud, getting a company t-shirt from the marketing team or getting your target to sit on a specific couch in the office. Some of the tasks shaped up to be harder than they appeared.

Alliances formed, but no one could be trusted. Everyone felt suspicious of their own co-workers for the month, and almost always questioned if they were in the midst of being killed.

“I'm not doing anything Hannah is asking me to do! --I'm canceling all my marketing related activities until the game is over.” -Mark Geene, CEO

People died minutes after the game begun. We had an #assassin Slack channel for updates on who killed who and how, here's a few that are noteworthy:

Get your target to:

    photo copy their hand                       slack you an emoji                           wear a beanie inside

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    Post a meme (although this assassination was unsuccessful, we  started the Great Meme War)

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The more people that were assassinated the more people we had assisting with kills. We even sent out a company  wide email to get the CEO  to take his shoes off in the office. Thanks to Gusto, we adopted  their "no shoe policy" for the day to make it happen.

First email to inform the office excluding Mark, the CEO.

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Second email to the company that included Mark.

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The Kill:



"You're dead crossed swords emoji.pngskull-and-crossbones.png" was the most used and most fulfilling phrase of the month by far. It brought people together, tore people apart and made us love each other even more.

Although the game is supposed to go until the last  man stands, we capped the game after a month and crowned two winners, who both had 5 kills. Congrats to the winners and may you share the bragging rights and bask in glory.