Are You a Risk Taker?

Many books say that taking risks is essential for any entrepreneur. Without taking any stance on that, I would be interested to hear your opinions on this. Do you think game developers or producers need to be risk takers?

Are you a risk taker?

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I left 2 options to choose from. I know it’s easy to say that one takes “calculated risks”, since we all do that. We all take some type of risks. I thought about adding a 3rd option, but then… I think most people would have voted that. Having just 2 options to choose from really makes one think which one to choose. Some people decide to choose neither.

Let’s see what kind of votes this black & white type of poll brings. And what type of comments…

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. Ronin, I would agree with you to an extent, remember that when working on a AAA budget game that can make or break a company (as they so often do) the devs can’t afford to screw up from a design or marketing angle, and in order to meet their lowest common denominator consumer in their games market there have to be concessions that are made to keep risks as low as possible.

    I suppose the way to look at it is that “large budget = large risk”, so large budget retail games need to innovate where it makes sense, and iterate in other areas to avoid complications.

  2. I have a day-job in addition to my Game Company, so I can afford to take risks.
    The reason I started my own company was because I was tired of all the AAA games that just went with the same old, tried and true methods. I want to see more games that thinks outside of the box.
    Though after the indie-game-developer scene took off, there has been loads of outside-of-the-box games. Indies are the innovators nowadays cause we dare to take the risks involved.

  3. I have to add that while I still consider myself a risk-taking entrepeneur, I often wonder if I could take the risks now that I took six years ago when starting my company. Then I was single, recently laid off, renting an apartment instead of owning my home, and not as concerned about filling retirement accounts. I didn’t have much to lose, or much else asking stability from me. Now in my mid-thirties, with a mortgage, long-term relationship, and only two or three decades until retirement, things are a bit different.

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