Imagine there were another Valve. A studio that made its own quintessentially PC games, but wasn’t dependent on them to survive. A company staunch in its independence, and led by a benevolent dictator.
“I think Gabe’s way more benevolent than I am,” interjects Stardock Ceo Brad Wardell.
We’ll come to that. Let’s start at the beginning.
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While at college, Wardell wrote the original Galactic Civilizations - a grand space strategy game that established Stardock’s reputation in that genre. But publishers Strategy First filed for bankruptcy and he never received his royalties, instead building the company off the back of a popular OS/2 utilities package, Essentials.