You Just Won the Lottery!

Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is up over 1.5 BILLION dollars, and if you’re in the USA then I’m sure you or someone/everyone you know has a ticket and dream. Let’s play a little game:

You just won the lottery! After taxes you have $750 million dollars. Your family and friends and future generations of family and friends are all taken care of. You have everything you could possibly want and need in this life. Until…
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The phone rings. You answer. At first you don’t recognize the voice, but it doesn’t take long to get to the point. It’s the owner of your favorite sports simulation game company. Things have been tough these last few years and he’s finally decided to fold the company. It may or may not be profitable at this time, but either way, it’s just been too much work for him for too long and he’s ready to move on to new things.

You listen. You know where this is going. As soon as the media found out the name of the Powerball winner, you were all over the news. Being on TV was weird and exciting, and when asked what you were going to do first you nervously said, “I’m going to have a nice dinner with my wife tonight to celebrate and then I’m going to get back to my 1973 Baltimore Orioles replay. Al Bumbry is hitting .351 and Mike Cuellar just won his 20th game and it’s still only mid-August!!”

“Now that I won over a billion dollars I’m going to have a nice dinner with my wife tonight to celebrate and then I’m going to get back to my 1973 Baltimore Orioles replay. Al Bumbry is hitting .351 and Mike Cuellar just won his 20th game and it’s still only mid-August!!”

“Now that I won over a billion dollars I’m going to have a nice dinner with my wife tonight to celebrate and then I’m going to get back to my 1973 Baltimore Orioles replay. Al Bumbry is hitting .351 and Mike Cuellar just won his 20th game and it’s still only mid-August!!”


The owner of your favorite game company saw the interview, recognized you from the forums you frequent and decided to reach out to you. Maybe you would like to take over the company? Money is literally no object to you anymore. You have more zeros in your bank account than you could spend in a dozen lifetimes.

What do you do? Do you buy the company and run it yourself? If you do run it yourself, do you change everything or keep the status quo? Do you become an Angel Investor in the game company, funding its operations but letting someone else take over? Do you say “No, thanks. I already have all I need from the company. Thanks for all your good work, I wish you the best in your next venture.”? Or do you follow a different path entirely?

You just won the lottery and your favorite game company closes its doors if you don’t step in to help. What do you do?

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4 Comments

  1. I would buy it, share our strategy going forward with all of our clients and ask for their input to keep the niche market thriving….just to piss off Barkan.

    • You and I are on the same page, I think. Coincidentally, I was on another forum this morning when I came across a quote from Barkan that prompted me to start thinking about how I would run things differently. It was that train-of-thought that led me to write this post.

  2. LOL, yeah. I don’t think I’d buy the company, but I’d invest a ton of money if certain conditions were met. I’d insist they hire the most qualified customer service team ever assembled, just to annoy Barkan. I’d tell them to figure out a way to do on-demand printing and stop making excuses as to why it could not happen. I’d ask them to reproduce every set from the 1980s. I’d have them re-write the rulebooks to make them coherent to new users, and produce a number of YouTube tutorials to SHOW people how the games are played.

  3. I would hire other people to make my games, so I can continue playing games. 🙂

    I’m falling massively behind with a few sets that should’ve been done long ago because I’m playing instead of creating.

    Maybe what I would do is purchase X number of sets to help out the owner and then maybe give those sets out for free, or find others who may enjoy them.

    I would probably create a Statis-Pro Baseball web site, get someone to create the MLB library collection and leave it for free for anyone who wants them. It’s a great game and one that could be given out for free to the public without much concern of being sued or something like that.

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