Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Hawkins Trips Over Finances
Trip Hawkins was one of the founders of EA back in 1982, forming from his previous effort Amazin' Software. EA truly helped form the computer game industry into a powerhouse, though transformational attitudes towards talent and marketing.
Hawkins was also very forthcoming with information when I contacted him while researching the EA article on The Dot Eaters. And for that, I'm truly appreciative. However, he has recently been dinged by the U.S. federal government for a tax bill of over 20 million dollars. Seems he took all that money from EA stock, hid it in various dodgy off-shore tax shelters, and then declared bankruptcy while still living it up.
Uncle Sam tends to get a bit miffed when you welch on him.
Here's the story.
Posted by William Hunter at 3:00 PM