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The Guilt of the Video-Game Millionaires


The Guilt of the Video Game Millionaires The New Yorker

Source: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/el...

One night in March, 2013, Rami Ismail and his business partner Jan Willem released a game for mobile phones called Ridiculous Fishing. Ismail, who was twenty-four at the time and who lives in the Netherlands, woke the following morning to find that the game had made him tens of thousands of dollars overnight. His first reaction was not elation but guilt. His mother, who has a job in local government, had already left for work. “Ever since I was a kid I’ve watched my mom wake up at six in the morning, work all day, come home, make my brother and me dinner—maybe shout at me for too much ‘computering,’ ” he said. “My first thought that day was that while I was asleep I’d made more money than she had all year. And I’d done it with a mobile-phone game about shooting fish with a machine gun.”

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Wow, makes me want to make a mobile game.

The Flappy Bird maker expressed a similar sentiment of guilt.

It's hard to overcome that emotion sometimes as a founder.

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