Alex Rigopulos


Thanks to his hugely popular "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," both of which his studio created, Rigopulos has inspired geeky gamers everywhere to get off the couch and live out their musical fantasies.

Steven Spielberg


Atari's "E.T." fiasco notwithstanding, Spielberg has been extremely savvy about the gaming market, licensing tie-ins to such films as "Raiders of the Lost Ark" long before the medium was fashionable.

Steve Schnur


Since joining EA in 2001, music and marketing exec Schnur has been ahead of the curve, radically transforming the industry's perception of videogames from simple licensing opportunities to a series…

Harold Ryan


Ryan found himself at the center of two of the biggest vidgame stories of 2007. First, the head of Bungie Studios saw his company's "Halo 3" break records by grossing $300 million worldwide in its…

Shari Redstone


Just a year ago, reports indicated that Midway Games, bleeding red ink, was the primary cause of tension between Sumner Redstone, who owns 87% of the struggling midsize publisher, and his daughter…

Thomas Tull


Legendary Pictures topper Tull was already an important figure to gamers after his company licensed megahit "Warcraft" to turn it into a film. Last year he brought his film company's private equity…

Mike Morhaime


With its 10 million-plus subscribers, each of whom pays about $15 per month to play, Blizzard's "World of Warcraft" is the most financially successful videogame of all time.

Leland Yee


California State Sen. Yee has been gunning for games like "Manhunt 2" and "Grand Theft Auto IV" for years. As the author of a controversial 2005 bill that prohibits sale or rental of extremely…

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