Jun 292007

LUKE CARRUTHERS – “The Future Business of Games”

© Luke Carruthers. Luke concentrates on games trends, the complexity of the Business and the heirarchy of market dictating what gets made.

The Presentation

The second of three podcasts from Deborah Todd, Jackie Turnure and Luke Carruthers recorded live at the at the AGL Theatre, Museum of Sydney (MoS), 37 Philip St, Sydney on Thursday 28th June 2007, 2pm – 4.30pm


If film was the medium of the 20th Century and games the medium of the 21st, how do we bring together the best elements of these two monoliths of entertainment?

The next generation of games will rely on story, narrative and character development to immerse users inside the experience so that they are living the story. What skills do the creators of these media experiences need to develop compelling content for the future?

The seminar will be keynoted by Deborah Todd, an award winning games designer from LA and recent author of the best selling book Game Design: From Blue Sky to Green Light. She will talk about the key ingredients of planning, designing and structuring a compelling game, referring to the types of stories and characters best adapted from linear film and TV to the games medium.

Other speakers Jackie Turnure and Luke Carruthers will cover areas including role-playing game environments inside social virtual worlds, production methodologies, user-generated games and a market overview.

This is a must-attend free seminar for linear producers, writers and broadcasters who are considering turning their show or film into a console, online or casual game.

MP3 recording time 28:08 (9.7MB) Click to listen

Presentation presented by LAMP @ AFTRS.


All LAMP podcasts are also published through the iTunes store.

Audio edited & processed by Gary Hayes
Luke Carruthers

Luke Carruthers is a games developer who runs a company called Imaginary Numbers in Sydney. The company creates online games and their first title Tactica Online is a fast-moving strategy RPG set amidst conspiracy and intrigue of Da Vinci’s world. Luke Carruthers’ first company, Magna Data, was founded in 1993, and went on to become one of Australia’s most successful early Internet service providers. Sold in 1999 for A$16 million, it was noted for its innovative services, including operating one of the country’s first DSL broadband networks.

Since then he has founded three more companies, all focused on the Internet and telecommunications market, including Inter-touch, an in-hotel network operator recently acquired by NTT DoCoMo for US$70 million, and Alterna Telecom, which provided wholesale PSTN switching services and was acquired by RSLCom in 2002. Secretary of the Internet Industry Association from 1995 to 2001, and joining the board of the Game Developers Association of Australia in 2005, he has also worked with numerous government and industry bodies aiding in the development of the legislative and regulatory framework for the telecommunications, media, and entertainment industries.

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