Game Designer, Writer, and Producer
Bob Bates began his game writing career at Infocom in 1986. Since then he has written, designed, produced, or contributed to more than 45 games that have sold over 6 million units and won over 70 industry awards, including two Adventure Game of the Year Awards. He has worked on #1 titles for both the PC (Unreal2) and for consoles (Spider-man3), as well as several Top 5 games on Facebook (including FrontierVille and Empires & Allies). In 1989 he co-founded Legend Entertainment, where he was a designer and co-studio head until it closed in 2004. After several years as an independent consultant, he became Zynga’s Chief Creative Officer for External Studios and later served as a Design Fellow. He returned to full-time consulting in January of 2014. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and events, Bob has twice been Chairman of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), and he is the co-founder of the Game Designers Workshop, an annual conference of storytelling game designers. He is the author of the bestselling book: Game Design: The Art and Business of Creating Games, which is used as a textbook by several colleges and universities. He is on the Advisory Boards of the George Mason University Undergraduate Game Degree Program, and of Project Horseshoe, a game-design think tank. Bob is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the IGDA, and was selected as the IGDA’s 2010 Person of the Year.