What do you do?
I work for a division that finds new games from external developers, and my responsibility is to find the best in Europe and bring them to Electronic Arts. The coolest thing is playing games, talking through new concepts and helping to shape the games we're making. I play video games every day because it's a critical part of my job, but also because I enjoy it. On average, I play an hour a day on a PlayStation or Xbox, but it should be more. I play a lot more when I get home. I never get sick of playing them. It's a pretty glitzy and really young industry - you don't often see guys here over 40. The most rewarding thing about this job is being involved in game development and having an impact on how games finally turn out: being paid to do something I love.
How did you get the job?
I started working in an Electronic Boutiques shop, then I went to head office to do marketing. I was at Acclaim for five years doing PR, then product acquisition. I moved to EA a year ago to handle European A&R.
Does reality match the dream?
Yes. If the dream is that I play games all day and travel the world talking about games, that's totally it. It's pretty dreamy.