I’ve participated in a few ludumdare contests over the years, one with a friend. This friend gave me a call about me helping out with some flash stuff for JunglePeak. I meet up with them and pushed that I’m very interested in making games. I also took a lower price for game development. I did a few things, mainly flash website stuff, for them and it worked great, well, except for me working more than I want, I wanna work with games and have the time off with my family. So I introduced my current day job with this entertainment company hoping I could consult, that resulted in nothing.
A few weeks later Ludumdare 11 took place, one of the highlights of the year, I made Exxon – The oil contaminator a game based upon an idea I’ve pitched for this company. So the Monday after LD11 I sent the game to the entertainment company and a few days later the CEO called me up. He wants me to lead the development for their MMO flash game. Three weeks later the contract is signed and after the summer I’ll start making games for a living, partly thanks to Ludumdare.