After leaving his job as chief creative officer at Xbox, Elan Lee started tinkering with a new game.
It would have explosions, laser beams and nightmarish creatures. But unlike the video games he shepherded through production at Xbox, this one wouldn’t require hordes of developers or years to finish.
All it took to make “Exploding Kittens” was paper, cardboard and an idea.
“Games are back,” said Lee, whose card game has sold 2.5 million copies since its release last July. “I’ve been into games my whole life, and it’s so exciting to see that there's a return.”
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