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Gamers at Work: Leaders in the Game Industry Share Lessons and Observations [Paperback]

Morgan Ramsay

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Book Description

July 29 2011 1430233516 978-1430233510

For nearly four decades, video games have captured the imagination and drawn the ire of people around the world. Actors play them. Rappers promote them. Politicians want to control them. Even baseball legends make them. Video games are a cultural crossroads where business, entertainment, and technology converge.

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 overflowing with fortune and success, the vicious truth of this booming industry is easily forgotten: failure is tradition.

There are a few businesses that have stood the test of time, but most startups exit as a quickly as they enter. Many firms are outpaced by the explosive worldwide growth and economic realities of the sector. In this groundbreaking anthology, successful founders of entertainment software companies reflect on the challenges and how they survived.

    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.

    What you’ll learn

    • How to lead and execute strategy as an entrepreneur.
    • How to develop meaningful, long-term business relationships.
    • How to recognize strategic opportunities and threats.
    • How to take the next step without compromising principles.
    • How to balance dreams with practical considerations.
    • How to avoid the pitfalls that can trigger disaster.
    • How to learn from mistakes and make informed course corrections.
    • How to enter with style and exit with grace.

    Who this book is for

    Software professionals or managers, usually working in the video games industry. The audience also includes game developers who are interested in starting their own game studio as well as gamers who are interested in the history of games and game studios.

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About the Author

As a serial entrepreneur, Morgan Ramsay has significant leadership experience in the defense and entertainment industries. Presently, he is President/CEO at Entertainment Media Council, the first and only association for entrepreneurs, C-level executives, and senior managers in the interactive entertainment business.

For seven years, Ramsay was President/CEO at the ad agency Heretic. He led successful initiatives that recognized the men and women of the armed forces on behalf of the President of the United States of America, and launched technologies and services for clients ranging from the nonprofit and small business to the Fortune Global 500.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book all around March 21 2012
By Josh - Published on
I ordered this book completely out of the blue with absolutely no real idea of what to expect. It turned out that this book was one of the most relevant books I could have ever purchased. In August of 2010, I founded Mighty Rabbit Studios, a small independent game studio in Raleigh, NC. I've spoken with several industry vets about starting the company, but I couldn't have dreamed of ever getting the amount of advice that is contained within this book. This book was designed specifically to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the video game industry, and it excels at that. If you have the desire to open your own game studio, this is a book you must read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating behind the scenes look June 16 2012
By D. G. Rosenthal - Published on
Morgan Ramsay provides an insightful and fascinating glimpse into the way the games so many of us love are actually developed. Most people never think beyond "Oh yeah, some geeks just got together and used their nerd magic to make Gears of Duty 4: San Andreas, and bro this is awesome." But the games industry is a mature, developed field with careful thought and inspiration behind what makes hit games. Morgan's connections allowed him access to some of the most important names in the industry, with collective centuries of game design experience among them. It's well worth a read for anyone planning a career in the games industry, or for those who simply want to know a little more about the people who populate it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal insight into your favorite game makers April 30 2014
By Thomas B - Published on
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As a software developer, I love to read about other developers: how did they solve problems, what was most difficult for them and from their own mouths. This book delivers exceptionally well and might be the best book in it's class. The next best book is probably Racing the Beam, which has lessons for everyone on so many different levels.

Gamers at Work fills the role nicely as well. It tells the story of many developers from different eras and their trials as they delivered the marquee games of their generation. This was a great read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and entertaining Nov. 6 2013
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A really nicely written insight into the gaming industry and the people that shaped it. Priceless for anyone that wants to get an insight into the industry!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book About the Business of Software, Not Just Games Sept. 26 2013
By Chris Weber - Published on
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Don't buy this book thinking it's all about games. It's not.

This book is about the business of software and software start ups. Those start ups build games instead of social media connectors (or whatever it is most software start ups do these days).

You will find some interesting stories about the early days of video games and the founders of these companies.

The real value of this book is the experiences of the entrepreneurs who built these gaming companies. I think there are a lot of great lessons and some good advice in this book.

My complaint is (as it is with all these "at work" books) is sometimes, the interviewees say something really interesting and instead of picking up on this an expanding, the interviewer will ask about something completely unrelated. It's frustrating, but only a minor issue.

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