"Mongol General: We won again! This is good, but what is best in life?
Mongol: The open steppe, fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, and the wind in your hair.
Mongol General: Wrong! Conan! What is best in life?
Conan: Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.
Mongol General: That is good! That is good."
This quote from 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian” has somewhat stuck with me for the past 4 years, its recurring question echoing in my head: “What is best in life?” I have always wanted to obtain such knowledge and be as confident as Conan when it comes to the path in life I’ve chosen.
My name is Victor and I am the founder of Prime Games. I have been more than 8 years in the software industry, the latter 4 in the enterprise world. “Enterprise, shmenterprise.” I hear a voice full of disbelief. It continues: “Fancy word but what do you mean by it?” Aside from hearing voices and stuff, it means I have been part of an organization with 600+ employees across the globe. I was in a director role and part of a two-hundred-people R&D department where we made software that was sold for millions of dollars to the biggest names in the industry, such as HBO, eBay, NASDAQ, Verizon, Comcast, etc. It was great and valuable experience and I would also take the same route if given the same choice. Still, all of this is now behind me.
Because I have been given the luxury of making another choice.
I chose to have a wonderful family, live healthy, be creative, have a sustainable job that I love, and finally – time for all of that.
I love games. Boardgames, gamebooks, PC games, consoles, pen’n’paper RPGs, you name it! I have grown up with Blizzard’s Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft, gamebooks, Dungeons and Dragons, Super Mario and many, many more! I remember back in 1998 I wanted to create a PC game so badly because I fell in love with Age of Empires! That’s why I started to learn software development. I imagine many of us programmers have started due to inner desire for game development. 20 years later I am back on that track!
So, here I am, sitting and thinking. I am happy, I have a chance to be creative again. I start small and I will see if enough of you like what I make. If I am onto something I would fulfil a life-long dream. The task ahead of me is to turn this into a successful endeavor.
An important thing to note is thankfully to the Internet and information technologies I have a chance to achieve all of this in the country I was born, in the city I have grown and love – Plovdiv.