"If he hits a home run now, it would be a real game-changer."

Have you ever worked on a project that completely changed the way your business operates? If that project was the outstanding achievement that your company needed to grow, it was a game-changer.

We call a person a game-changer if they can drastically affect the outcome of a situation. If you hire a new employee and they introduce visionary ideas and innovative strategies, they could be a game-changer.

This expression can be positive or negative. Here are a few examples on how to use it:

  • Our latest project was a real game-changer. The product was a huge success, and it gave us the opportunity to prove our expertise and build a long-lasting relationship with our largest client.
  • Steve Jobs was undoubtedly a game-changer, along with Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet. Jobs’ ideas revolutionized the tech industry and transformed the way people communicate around the world.

If you are going to use this expression in a negative way, it could look something like this:

A: Did you hear the news? The management team at X&Y was completely restructured, which means we've lost all of our close, professional relationships with the company.
B: Oh, no. This could be a huge game-changer for us.

Did you know? This expression originated with baseball but applies to sports in general. It refers to a player that has the ability to completely change the score of a game.