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Young video game designers Don Mattrick and Jeff Sember strike it rich

The Story

Canadian teens Don Mattrick and Jeff Sember are taking the computer gaming world by storm. Armed with their home computers and a $4,000 investment, the duo produced Evolution, the first Canadian computer game to go into production. Sales took off, and the two teens have now formed their own company. In this 1983 episode of Front Page Challenge, the teenage tycoons try to bridge a wide generation gap with the FPC panelists as they talk about their success.

Medium: Television
Program: Front Page Challenge
Broadcast Date: March 20, 1983
Guest(s): Don Mattrick, Jeff Sember
Moderator: Fred Davis
Panellist: Pierre Berton, Betty Kennedy, Gordon Sinclair, Gary Lautens
Duration: 9:25

Did You know?

• Don Mattrick and Jeff Sember created the computer game Evolution as a means to pay their way through university. The game, written in Sember's living room, sold over 400,000 copies.

• Mattrick went on to an influential career in video game design. In 1986, he took over Distinctive Software, Inc. (DSI), the company he co-founded with Sember, when he bought Sember's shares in the company. In 1991, he sold DSI to U.S. video game powerhouse Electronic Arts (EA) to form EA Canada. While at EA, Mattrick helped develop the popular racing series Need for Speed. He left EA in 2005 and joined Microsoft two years later, first as an external advisor, then as a vice president in its video game division.




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