Stexe wrote:A single line on your resume can mean the difference between a job and being unemployed.
Cassiel wrote:A line on a resume and another job where they'll have no ownership of their work.
I'd rather be unemployed and homeless than create a million-dollar franchise that I have no rights to.
Stexe wrote:Although I'm not sure you care about something like employment opportunities in the video game industry from what I can tell.
There are plenty of jobs I'd do for Blizzard, but nothing creative unless we shared ownership. Marketing, technical writing, even level design, sure. But I wouldn't create new intellectual property (characters, stories, worlds) for a salary, not for Blizzard.
Stexe wrote:Also, don't they go to another job where they DO have ownership? I mean Guinsoo went on to form Riot Games and he pretty much owns League of Legends.
Guinsoo didn't form Riot and he doesn't own League of Legends. He's an associate designer doing work for hire, and thrilled about it I'm sure. If I were in his position though I'd probably want to share ownership of any champions I created, minus their LoL-specific content. That basically means general hero concepts, ability sets and names, since the way I do these things is pretty distinctive. As the creator of DotA I'm sure he could've leveraged this, but admittedly most people don't care about it the way I do.