Online Game Pioneers at Work

Authors: Ramsay, Morgan

  • Learn from the experiences of the founders of successful game companies. From taking risk to devoting their lives to their vision these founders recount their experiences in leading their companies to success in one of the world's most innovative and therefore brutal markets.

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In this groundbreaking collection of 15 interviews, successful founders of entertainment software companies reflect on their challenges and how they survived. You will learn of the strategies, the sacrifices, the long hours, the commitment, and the dedication to quality that led to their successes but also of the toll that this incredibly competitive market has on even its most brilliant minds. For the hundreds of thousands of game developers out there, this is a must read survival guide. For those who simply enjoy games and know of some of these founders, this will be a most interesting read.

Sales of video games, hardware, and accessories reach upwards of $20 billion every year in the United States alone, and more than two-thirds of American households include video games in their daily lives. In a world that seems to be overflowing with fortune and success, the vicious truth of this booming industry is easily forgotten: failure is tradition. Video games define a cultural crossroad where business, entertainment, and technology converge, where the risks are great, cutting edge technology is vitally important and competition is intense. Here are the stories of survival from many of the industries luminaries who founded companies, created industries in their home countries, took amazing risks, innovated technologies, and invented new ways to sell. Among this outstanding group of pioneers are Richard Garriott, founder of Origin, astronaut, and the producer of the revolutionary Ultima Online, John Romero of Doom, Wolfenstein and Quake fame, and Victor Kislyi whose World of Tanks set the Guinness world record for the most people online at once with over 1.1 million people playing). You will read their stories and you will gain an understanding of how they managed in such a demanding business.

There are a few game development companies that have withstood the test of time; most startups exit as quickly as they enter the scene. Many firms are outpaced by the explosive worldwide growth and economic realities of the sector. Here are enlightening the stories of entrepreneurs who found success and many who subsequently could not repeat it. They walk you through their incredible journeys of success and failure while expressing their views on development, design, hiring, finance, business models, selling their organization, the business life cycle, their frustrations and mistakes, while showing their intensity and their passion for the business along the way.

Online Game Pioneers at Work:

  • Explores the formation of entertainment software companies from the perspectives of successful founders who defied 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

Other books in the Apress At Work Series:

  • Gamers at Work, Ramsay. 978-1-4302-3351-0
  • 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 (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Online Game Pioneers at Work
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Morgan Ramsay
eBook ISBN
978-1-4302-4186-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4302-4186-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4302-4185-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 412
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations
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