Is This Gaming's Own Gordon Gekko?

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When a flash engineer at game developer Kixeye posted an image of Occupy Wall Street on his Facebook wall, Kixeye CEO Will Harbin apparently went into a greed is good speech for all the internet to see.

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Will Harbin, above wearing a crown and a gold watch, apparently wrote, "There is nothing wrong with greed—what do you think drives companies like Kixeye? Greed isn't just limited to financial accomplishments—it doesn't just drive wealth, it drives innovation. If you have a problem with greed, then you are working for the wrong company and in the wrong industry."

Harbin might be right, but the caveat is Kixeye's corporate motto: "We don't make games to make money... We make money to make games."

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You can read what Harbin supposedly wrote in the image in the gallery—supposedly because it seems that his Facebook page is not publicly viewable at the moment, making it difficult to confirm this.

Kotaku is following up with Kixeye.

My friend posted pro-Occupy image on Facebook [Reddit]


You can contact Brian Ashcraft, the author of this post, at bashcraft@kotaku.com. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and lurking around our #tips page.

(Top photo: Kixeye)

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DISCUSSION

Greed is fine; the problem is when your greed fuels "evil" behavior. There's nothing wrong with, say, developing awesome games that make everyone else look dumb—that's good greed. There is, however, something wrong with buying out the competition or making it hard for others to compete without offering a superior service.

For a video game analogy—Steam offers a superior service for people who want to buy games. Their monopoly is quite welcome. GAME, in the UK, apparently blackmailed game publishers back in the day and said they'd refuse to stock all titles by those publishers if Steam was allowed to ship games at the discounted (because they're digital, so there are no dvds to press or anything) prices.