I have two success stories, both related to Electronic Arts. I have had two websites for video games developed by Electronic Arts. The most recent was for Warhammer Online. With my fansite, we did a lot of interviews and podcasts. Through my site, I got to "know" the developers and even the founder and CEO of the studio which was making the game. A job came up, and I applied and quickly go the job. Consequently, I had to close my site because that was something they did not allow employees to have. The funny thing is, when I went to work, everyone called me by my screen name instead of my real name. The other story is again based on a fansite for an EA game. This time in the Tiger Woods franchise. I was very outspoken (but constructive) about the game. One day I got an email from the executive assistant to the Executive Producer of the game. He wanted to talk to me. So I gave my phone number, and a couple of hours later the Executive Producer called me. Simply put, he thought I had the pulse of the community down, and he called me several times to get my opinions. I also participated in conference calls with the entire development team. I was given the title Community Lead, and had a great time. The nicest perk was that they sent me all kinds of free stuff as well.