Meanwhile we kept expanding. The living room was turned into a communal work area.
Finally, our business advisors thought we were ready to show our stuff to the outside world. For this grand opening, I took a trip to the "Online Game Developers Conference" in September 1995, run by a major market research company. With nothing but a one-page screen snapshot and our company story, I met and mingled with lots of companies in the online world. Until then, it was only an informed guess that we had a hot company with a solid vision. But we started to get feedback from people in the industry. At the conference, Turbine did better than we had hoped. Large companies like America Online and Compuserve were approachable. People loved the concept. I met many people from game companies that didn't seem to have the same vision and technology. We were ready to begin a serious search for a publisher.
Would anyone want to bring our game to market? How else could we get onto the shelves of all the stores that sold software?
Geeks in their natural habitat.
We considered naming the company
Sleepless Geeks Incorporated,
but "SGI" was already taken.
The living room work area. The saw horse thing
in the back is a high table my brother
built for me, so I could pedal my
exercise bicycle while using the computer.