Contributors


  • Scott SteinbergScott Steinberg is CEO of strategic consulting and product testing firm TechSavvy Global, and a noted keynote speaker and business expert. Hailed as a top tech expert and parenting guru by critics from USA Today to NPR, he's also an on-air analyst for ABC, CBS and CNN.
  • Trip HawkinsTrip Hawkins is CEO of Digital Chocolate, a top publisher of social applications like Millionaire City, MMA Pro Fighter and Tower Bloxx. A new media pioneer for 30 years, Trip helped define the personal computer at Apple and founded industry leaders Electronic Arts and 3DO.
  • Alex St. JohnAlex is president and CTO of hi5, one of the world's largest social entertainment websites, where he leads all product strategy, design, development and operations. Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of WildTangent Inc., the world's largest online game network.
  • Joseph OlinJoseph Olin is the President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. He oversees the annual D.I.C.E. Summit, Interactive Achievements Awards (IAA), the Into the Pixel video game art exhibit and the Indy Game Challenge. He's also a much sought out industry speaker.
  • Jane McGonigalJane McGonigal is a world-renowned game designer, and the Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. She has created and deployed games and missions in more than 30 countries on six continents.
  • Kyle OrlandKyle Orland is a freelance video game journalist with over a decade of experience writing for dozens of mainstream and specialist outlets. He's the author of Wii for Dummies and the co-author of The Video Game Style Guide and Reference Manual.
  • Matias MyllyrinneMatias is the CEO of Remedy and a father of two who's worked on Max Payne and Max Payne 2. To focus on Alan Wake and sleep sufficiently, he had to temporarily cancel his Xbox Live Gold subscription to stop himself from playing. Follow him on twitter: @MausRMD.
  • Chris MorrisChris Morris has covered video games for 15+ years for outlets including CNN, Variety, CNBC, Yahoo! and Official Xbox Magazine. He is a frequent on-air authority for national news outlets and has been referred to as “one of the most game-savvy reporters in the mainstream media."
  • Bjorn LarssonBjorn Larsson is CEO and Executive Producer at Legendo Entertainment, a digital download publisher of PC and video games based on myths, legends, classic novels and historical events. The company's latest game, Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising for WiiWare, is available now.
  • Hal HalpinHal Halpin is founder and president of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), a non-profit organization that represents interactive entertainment consumers in the U.S. and Canada, giving gamers a voice to relay concerns, address issues and focus advocacy efforts.
  • Soren JohnsonSoren Johnson was lead designer and AI programmer for Sid Meier's Civilization IV before joining EA Maxis in 2007 to work on Spore as a lead designer/programmer. He is currently building web-based games with EA2D such as the moddable strategystation.com.
  • Marc SaltzmanMarc Saltzman is one of today's most well-known journalists in gaming, tech and online trends. Marc writes for 50 publications, has authored 14 books and hosts CNN's "Tech Time" and CTV News Channel's "Tech Talk."In 2008, his blog, Sync, was rated Best Tech Blog in Canada.
  • Ian BogostDr. Ian Bogost is a videogame designer, critic, and researcher. He is Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC. Recent volumes include Persuasive Games and Newsgames: Journalism at Play.
  • Kelly RuedKelly Rued is an entrepreneur, entertainment designer and Internet marketer specializing in adult markets. She designs websites and apps that target measurable business results. Her blog explores marketing games, user engagement and productivity/entertainment.
  • Jesse DivnichJesse Divnich is a video game analyst with over 10 years of experience within the video game industry. Mr. Divnich is currently the Vice President of Analyst Services for Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR).
  • Martyn BrownMartyn is co-founder of Team17 Software, a fiercely independent UK video game publisher and developer, currently celebrating 20 years in the industry. He currently heads Team17’s business development as it looks to take its successful Worms IP to the social gaming sector.
  • Mona IbrahimMona Ibrahim is a trademark, entertainment and media law attorney based in Seattle, WA. She is the principal attorney of the Law Offices of Mona A. Ibrahim, and Of Counsel at Imua Legal Advisors. You can learn more about her practice and approach by visiting Under Development.
  • Joel BrodieJoel Brodie is the founder of casual game reviews site Gamezebo.com, a leading online magazine which offers coverage of the latest game downloads, including news and analysis on the casual game download, social gaming and free-to-play businesses.
  • Daniel SiebergDaniel is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning TV correspondent whose work has appeared on CBS News, CNN, ABC News NOW, BBC News, NPR, PBS, CNET, Oprah.com, and The Dr. Oz Show. He is also currently writing a book about his “digital diet” concept.
  • Martin MathersMartin Mathers has written about games for the last 12 years and worked on some of UK's best magazines including X360, Official Nintendo Magazine and gamesTM (which he helped create). He now consults for publishers, freelances for numerous websites and writes his own blog.
  • Bruce EverissBruce Everiss founded early computer store Microdigital before becoming a director of Imagine Software in the '80s. He's marketed #1 games at Codemasters, ran hundreds of computer fairs and consulted for many publishers, plus runs online artist community Artforums.co.uk.
  • Adrian CrookAdrian Crook is a game consultant and 15-year industry vet. He's produced and designed award-winning, million-selling products on platforms from console to Web. A veteran creative producer, he's as comfortable writing a social game GDD as doing biz dev and strategy work.
  • Blake SnowBlake Snow is a freelance writer and editorial consultant living the good life with a wife and three kids. Since 2005, his work has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal and dozens of other mainstream, enthusiast, and blogging outlets—both online and off.
  • Tom OhleTom's been promoting games and tech for years, having managed PR, marketing and community campaigns for firms like BioWare, 2K Games, Atari, Microsoft and more. He currently holds executive roles at Evolve PR, GOG.com, CD Projekt RED and Empire Avenue.
  • Caryl ShawCaryl Shaw likes unicorns, long walks on the beach and building websites, online applications and video games. Since starting her tech career she's worked on everything from HotWired back in the day to Spore to her current role as the Live Producer for ngmoco:). Her favorite bourbon is Woodford Reserve.
  • Larry FrumLarry Frum has been a gamer from the Atari 2600 to the PS3 and every console in between (yes, even the Genesis). His gaming articles have been featured on numerous sites including CNN.com and Sci Fi Wire. Larry also has his own gaming blog - Gamers Notes.
  • Gabe ZichermannGabe Zichermann is the co-author of Game-Based Marketing and CEO of professional mobile social networking startup beamME. He frequently muses about games and the world at Funwareblog.com and Twitter as @gzicherm.
  • Billy PidgeonA senior analyst at M2 Research, Billy provides in-depth overview of the games market’s diverse sectors, tracking and projecting changes in traditional and emerging hardware, software, business models and revenue streams on dedicated and convergent platforms.
  • David ThomasDavid Thomas is a game critic, researcher and teacher who writes for top game magazines and websites. He's covered games for many newspapers, teaches courses on the history of digital media and is completing his PhD in architecture to ask:“What makes a place fun?”
  • Corvus ElrodCorvus Elrod is a Semionaut and Narrative Designer. He is the co-founder of Zakelro Story Studio and designer of The HoneyComb Engine, an open and extensible RPG framework. He contracts for a variety of clients from major game studios to indie developers and artists.
  • Chris UlmA serial entrepreneur, Chris Ulm leads production and creative development for independent iPhone publisher Appy Entertainment. Chris was essential in growing the dev teams at High Moon Studios and its acquisition by Vivendi, and the sale of Malibu Comics to Marvel.
  • Daniel BernsteinDaniel Bernstein is the founder and CEO of Sandlot Games, a premier publisher of casual and family-friendly titles. Its franchises include Cake Mania®, Super Granny®, Tradewinds® and Westward®, which reach millions via PCs, mobile phones, handhelds and consoles.
  • Doug DyerDoug Dyer has been in interactive entertainment for 20+ years with time logged in the PC, console, online and mobile spaces as a consultant, founder and employee. He currently heads Oasys Mobile and recent start-up AFK Interactive, a platform developer connecting MMOs and mobile phones.