Can skills from Major League Baseball make a retired pitcher a Major League Video Game mogul?
Curt Schilling – former World Series MVP – has bet $35 million dollars of his own money that his champion skills are transferable.
“I made, you know, an insane amount of money playing baseball,” Schilling recently told ABC’s John Berman. “I’ve always wanted to be the best in the world as a baseball player, so when I started to think about opening a business, it was with that mindset”
After Schilling’s pitching career ended in 2007, he took the helm of his own video game studio. Schilling even chipped in $35 million dollars of his own money to help pay for the 400 or so top designers, programmers and artists he employs. $60 million dollars later, the studio’s first release called “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” is complete. It hits store shelves on February 7th.
“Reckoning” looks like an animated version of “Lord of the Rings” and it’s one of the most anticipated games of 2012 according to the video game website IGN. Not bad for company headed by a rookie in the video game industry.
Before video games were a business for Schilling, they were a major part of his life, especially when he was on the road playing in the major leage.
“I was at the park for 12 hours and then I had 12 hours to do whatever I wanted.” Schilling told ABC’s John Berman.
When Schilling wasn’t playing baseball, he played video games.
“I’m 46 years old, I’ve never worked an honest day in my life.” Schilling told ABC’s John Berman. “I’ve been able to do what I love and what I’m passionate about my entire life.”
So, will Curt Schilling bring home a title as powerful as MVP as the chairman of his video game shop?
“I think ahh boss of the best gaming studio on the planet, I’d probably, I’d settle for that one.”