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How Generative AI Will Reshape Gaming | CCP, Believer & Lightspeed | Slush 2023

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How Generative AI Will Reshape Gaming | CCP, Believer & Lightspeed | Slush 2023
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Want to learn the best business insights from remarkable speakers at Slush 2023, but don’t have the time to watch the full speeches on YouTube?

You’ve come to the right place. Below is a summary of a conversation between Moritz Baier-Lentz (Partner & Head of Gaming at Lightspeed), Hilmar Veigar Pétursson (CEO of CCP and creator of EVE Online) and Michael Chow (Co-Founder and CEO of Believer).

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<p class="h1-rich">🤏 TL;DR</p>

Participants Moritz, Hilmar, and Michael discussed the impact of AI on gaming, players' attitudes towards generative AI, and the potential for AI to create novel gaming experiences. Startups were seen as best equipped to take advantage of AI due to their ability to build the right team and culture. Action items include implementing a hands-on curiosity program, cultivating an intellectual pluralism culture, focusing on delivering tangible results, and building a robust intern program to attract and develop talent.

<p class="h1-rich">✨ Summary</p>

Introduction

  • Moritz begins the conversation with an introduction of the participants and their backgrounds in gaming.
  • They discuss the size and global presence of their companies.

Gaming and AI

  • The participants discuss players' attitudes towards generative AI in gaming.
  • Players want big, deep games that AI can help create, but they fear that AI may make games mediocre.
  • Hilmar notes that players want AI to enhance their power fantasies and provide unique experiences.

Impact of AI on Gaming

  • The conversation, led by Moritz, explores the potential for AI to create novel and unprecedented gaming experiences.
  • Michael believes startups are best equipped to take advantage of AI due to their ability to build the right team and culture.
  • Incumbents may struggle to fully utilize AI due to existing structures and people.

Design Time AI vs Runtime AI

  • Hilmar addresses the false dichotomy between design time AI and runtime AI.
  • Both approaches have value and can be used in combination to enhance game development.

Culture and Leadership in the AI Landscape

  • Michael focuses on the importance of curiosity and intellectual pluralism in fostering a successful AI culture.
  • Leaders need to create an environment that encourages hands-on curiosity and open-mindedness.

Reflections on Leadership and Resolutions

  • The participants reflect on their failures as leaders and discuss resolutions for the future.
  • Michael acknowledges his tendency to adopt a disappointed Asian Dad approach and aims to work on it.
  • Hilmar regrets not starting an intern program earlier to expand the company's human footprint.

Conclusion

  • Moritz concludes the conversation by emphasizing the importance of treating game development as a people business, regardless of the use of AI.

<p class="h1-rich">✅ Action Items</p>

  • Implement a hands-on curiosity program where everyone spends 40 hours exploring new technologies or tools they may initially dislike.
  • Cultivate an intellectual pluralism culture that encourages respectful debate and open-mindedness.
  • Encourage curiosity as a winning strategy for innovation and change.
  • Focus on delivering tangible results rather than just talking about abstract concepts.
  • Build a robust intern program to attract and develop talent.
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