I'm a big fan of the "* at Work" format, having read Founders at Work and Coders at Work, so I was pleasantly surprised to that there's a recently released Gamers at Work:
And while there are a few businesses that have withstood the test of time, most startups exit as quickly as they enter. Many firms are outpaced by the explosive worldwide growth and economic realities of the [games] industry. In this groundbreaking anthology, successful founders of entertainment software companies reflect on the challenges and how they survived.
The list of interviews looks pretty varied and encompassing, including these I'm particularly interested in:
- Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts (Madden NFL)
- Nolan Bushnell, cofounder of Atari (Pong)
- Wild Bill Stealey, cofounder of MicroProse Software (Sid Meier's Civilization)
- Tony Goodman, cofounder of Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires)
- Feargus Urquhart, cofounder of Obsidian Entertainment (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II)
- Warren Spector, founder of Junction Point Studios (Disney Epic Mickey)
- John Smedley, cofounder of Verant Interactive (EverQuest)
- Ken Williams, cofounder of Sierra On-Line (King's Quest and Leisure Suit Larry)
- Christopher Weaver, founder of Bethesda Softworks (The Terminator and The Elder Scrolls)
- Jason Rubin, cofounder of Naughty Dog (Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted)
- Ted Price, founder of Insomniac Games (Spyro and Jak & Daxter)
I just picked it up, and I hope to follow up in the near future with any interesting tidbits I find. I'm sure there'll be many!