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Gamers at Work

Stories Behind the Games People Play

Authors: Ramsay, Morgan

  • Learn from the experiences of the founders of successful game companies such as Electronic Arts, Atari, Sierra Online, Appy Entertainment, and Bethesda Softworks. This book of interviews of the leading characters in the field relates the experiences, strategies, triumphs and tragedies of many of the most colorful innovators in technology.

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About this book

"Gamers at Work is a critical resource for new and experienced business leaders—for anyone who feels unprepared for the demanding and seemingly insurmountable trials ahead of them." —Peter Molyneux OBE, founder, Lionhead Studios

"Gamers at Work explores every imaginable subtlety of the video-game industry through the fascinating stories of those who took the risks and reaped the rewards." —Hal Halpin, president, Entertainment Consumers Association

"This is the sort of book that can tear the most hardcore gamers away from their PCs, Macs, or consoles for a few hours of rewarding reading." —North County Times

"Gamers at Work is truly an invaluable resource that's well worth adding to your personal library." —Wii Love It

There are few companies in the video-game industry that have withstood the test of time; most startups exit as quickly as they enter. In Gamers at Work: Stories Behind the Games People Play, the countless challenges of building successful video-game developers and publishers in this unstable industry are explored through interviews containing entertaining stories, humorous anecdotes, and lessons learned the hard way.

Gamers at Work presents an inside look at how 18 industry leaders play the odds, seize opportunities, and transform small businesses into great businesses. Here, in Gamers at Work, you will find their stories replete with their personal struggles, corporate intrigue, and insights into strategy, leadership, and management.

Gamers at Work:

  • Explores the formation of entertainment software companies from the perspectives of successful founders who played the odds
  • Provides insight into why experienced professionals sacrifice the comfort of gainful employment for the uncertainty and risk of the startup
  • Shares the experiences and lessons that shape the lives, decisions, and struggles of entrepreneurs in this volatile business

As an added bonus, check out Online Game Pioneers at Work, published in 2015, for even more incredible stories from leaders in the mobile space.

    Featured Entrepreneurs:

    • Trip Hawkins, Electronic Arts (Madden NFL)
    • Nolan Bushnell, Atari (Pong)
    • Wild Bill Stealey, MicroProse Software (Sid Meier's Civilization)
    • Tony Goodman, Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires)
    • Feargus Urquhart, Obsidian Entertainment (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II)
    • Tim Cain, Troika Games (Arcanum, Vampire: the Masquerade—Bloodlines)
    • Warren Spector, Junction Point Studios (Disney Epic Mickey)
    • Doug & Gary Carlston, Broderbund Software (Prince of Persia, Carmen Sandiego)
    • Don Daglow, Stormfront Studios (Neverwinter Nights, Tony La Russa Baseball)
    • John Smedley, Verant Interactive (EverQuest, PlanetSide)
    • Ken Williams, Sierra On-Line (King's Quest, Leisure Suit Larry)
    • Lorne Lanning, Oddworld Inhabitants (Oddworld)
    • Chris Ulm, Appy Entertainment (FaceFighter, Trucks & Skulls)
    • Tobi Saulnier, 1st Playable (Kung Zhu, Yogi Bear)
    • Christopher Weaver, Bethesda Softworks (The Elder Scrolls)
    • Jason Rubin, Naughty Dog (Crash Bandicoot, Uncharted)
    • Ted Price, Insomniac Games (Spyro, Resistance)

    Other books in the Apress At Work Series:

    • Coders at Work, Seibel, 978-1-4302-1948-4

    • Venture Capitalists at Work, Shah & Shah, 978-1-4302-3837-9

    • CIOs at Work, Yourdon, 978-1-4302-3554-5

    • CTOs at Work, Donaldson, Seigel, & Donaldson, 978-1-4302-3593-4

    • Founders at Work, Livingston, 978-1-4302-1078-8

    • European Founders at Work, Santos, 978-1-4302-3906-2

    • Women Leaders at Work, Ghaffari, 978-1-4302-3729-7

    • Advertisers at Work, Tuten, 978-1-4302-3828-7

    About the authors

    Morgan Ramsay, bestselling author of Gamers at Work: Stories Behind the Games People Play and Online Game Pioneers at Work, has interviewed nearly 50 leaders in entertainment, technology, and sports, including EA founder Trip Hawkins, Gaikai CEO David Perry, and former NFL punter Chris Kluwe. As the Founder, President & CEO at Entertainment Media Council, the association for business leaders in the video game industry, Mr. Ramsay works with entrepreneurs, C-level executives, and senior managers to advance interactive entertainment by addressing the toughest challenges facing the global business community. Previously, Mr. Ramsay was the Managing Director at Heretic where, for seven years, he provided strategic communication expertise to various clients, from small businesses to the Fortune Global 500, including working with the White House to recognize United States Navy veterans on behalf of the President of the United States of America.Visit theramsayinterviews.com for a complete list of his interviews, and direct all business inquiries to morgan@theramsayinterviews.com.

    Table of contents (17 chapters)

    Buy this book

    eBook $19.99
    price for USA
    • ISBN 978-1-4302-3352-7
    • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
    • Included format: PDF
    • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
    • Download immediately after purchase
    Softcover $29.99
    price for USA
    • ISBN 978-1-4302-3351-0
    • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
    • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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    Bibliographic Information

    Bibliographic Information
    Book Title
    Gamers at Work
    Book Subtitle
    Stories Behind the Games People Play
    Authors
    Copyright
    2012
    Publisher
    Apress
    Copyright Holder
    Morgan Ramsay
    eBook ISBN
    978-1-4302-3352-7
    DOI
    10.1007/978-1-4302-3352-7
    Softcover ISBN
    978-1-4302-3351-0
    Edition Number
    1
    Number of Pages
    XIII, 356
    Topics