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Online Game Pioneers at Work by Morgan Ramsay

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CHAPTER 3

Doug Whatley

Cofounder, BreakAway Games

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When Disney bought ABC in 1996, the $19 billion acquisition included OverTime Sports, the studio responsible for bringing ABC Monday Night Football and college football to video games. Only two years later, OverTime Sports was shuttered as Disney sought to exit the video game business.

On that day, former OverTime Sports executive producer Doug Whatley and his father-in-law, corporate training executive Joe Biglin, cofounded BreakAway Games, bringing along nine of Whatley’s colleagues. At the time, Whatley’s goal was to build a small, independent studio focused on sports games. In the intervening ...

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