Just in case anyone is still reading this or just happens to listen to the episode in hindsight. To answer the open point raised in the podcast, Andrew Spencer was obviously the guy who made International Soccer. The legendary game which remained at the top of the football genre, unmatched for years to come.
Ecstatica was supposed to be his comeback, more than ten years later. In an interview published in German PC Player magazine (issue November ’94, page 126), he attributes his return to the industry to having run out of money.