Startup Company is a business simulation sandbox game. You play as the CEO of a newly formed software company. Your job is to either complete client contracts to make money, or build your very own products.
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Very Positive (440 reviews) - 80% of the 440 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 11, 2017

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Startup Company is now stable and playable. We believe this is the perfect time to start inviting the community to help optimize existing features, polish the game balance and most importantly deciding what new features should be added.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until we all agree it's done. Probably less than 1 year.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“New features are constantly being added, but our current roadmap looks like this:

  • New employee type: Marketers (including marketing campaigns)
  • New employee type: Supporter (including support tickets)
  • Employees requiring raises and eventually switching to competitors
  • Random events
  • Improved sound effects
  • Achievements
  • Improved usability and tips/help
However we recommend only purchasing the game if you want to play it as it is right now.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is stable on all platforms and completely playable. Current content is providing up to 8 hours of playtime.

Please be aware that the game currently doesn't contain any tutorials.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We plan to gradually raise the price as we ship new content and features.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Startup Company is already built by the community. From the beginning all development has been streamed on Twitch. Bugtracking is kept publicly available to everyone and new features has always been based on requests.

We will continue down this path and inviting Steam Early Access players to join the conversation.”
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Recent updates View all (11)

August 18

Beta 12.5 Released

Hi everyone,

I've been working non-stop since release fixing the current performance problems. Right now my highest priority is fixing game-breaking issues like this. When everyone is able to play the game I'll start fixing regular bugs. I hope you understand my priority.

Changes

* Added safety measures to avoid corrupt savegames when saved to disk (atomic operation).
* Small performance improvements when rendering workstation changes.
* Improved performance of "Jump to start of day".
* Ensure last savegame is not automatically loaded to ensure broken savegames won't crash the game.
* Automatically unload savegame and show error message if savegame is corrupt (no more endless loading spinner).

Next up

Next up is rewriting the code that renders workstations. This is by far the most expensive mechanic in the game, so I do expect huge improvements.

The rewrite will take time. I don't want to promise anything yet, but a new release will be pushed online as soon as it's done.

As always, thank you for all your massive support! Can't wait to start working on all your amazing suggestions.

All the best,
Jonas
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August 13

Post-Release Announcement

Hi everyone!

Much feels
Wow. Just wow. This has been the craziest weekend, probably in my life. The Early Access release has been better, than I ever could have imagined.

Within a few hours of release, Startup Company was present on Steam Global Top Sellers. More than 1000 concurrent players have been building companies non-stop since the release. I feel incredible humble and grateful. It's hard to believe. All of this would never have happened without you guys, the community. Thank you, really, the support has been tremendous!

So those of you who have been following me for some time, know that I'm not a full time game developer. I work as Web Developer and have created SC in my spare time. Well, that's about to change. In the future, I will work full time on Startup Company! As you can imagine, this allows me to put 2 or 3 times more hours into the development. I cannot wait. I got so much amazing feedback from all of you. Now it's time to really make this game awesome!

UPDATE: LIRIK just played the game. I'm absolutely starstruck! You can watch it here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/166687767?t=01h15m51s

Beta 12.4 hotfix released
No release without the need for an urgent hotfix. If you don't see the "Beta 12.4" in your main menu simply restart Steam for the update to kick in.
  • Exit button not clickable on small resolutions (less than 758 pixels height)
  • Moving workstation by mistake instead of selecting employee (Changed to left click to select, right click to move).
  • Mod archives was corrupted and didn't work on Mac/Linux under some scenarios. All mods has to be republished (sorry).
  • The Day 31-email was causing lots of people to believe I accused them for piracy. The paragraph has been removed (that was never my intention, you're my heroes!).

Next update
I'll now focus on the following:
  • Users suddenly drops overnight for products.
  • Performance/optimization issues in mid/late-game.
  • General minor bug fixing

I'm trying to keep up with all the comments, emails, tweets, chat messages and bug reports. I'm sorry if you're still waiting. I'm doing everything I can to keep up :-)

That's all for now. Thank you for all your amazing support!

See you till next update.

Jonas
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About This Game

About the game

Startup Company is a business simulation sandbox game. You play as the CEO of a newly formed software company. With an empty bank account you are forced to complete client contracts, but as soon as you get enough money you will be able to start competing against the largest tech giants, building your very own products and services.

Startup Company includes:

* Build Mode: Design your very own office.
* Contract Work: Win contracts by competing on price and service.
* Crafting System: Merge components to create modules. Use modules to create products.
* Products: Build outstanding products by adding features, managing servers and running marketing campaigns.

Hiring

A great company is built by great people. Optimize your staff benefits and working conditions to attract the best employees.

Win Contracts

You'll be facing hundreds of available contracts, but not all of them will be good for your team. Work your way up and compete with the best in the industry to win the big contracts!

Develop, Merge, Repeat

That's right, even software needs a little piecing together!

No matter if you want to deliver contracts or build your own product you need components and modules. Use developers, designers and lead developers to produce what you need.

Startup Company includes a fully featured crafting/development system where you will be able to merge components into modules, servers or product features.

Release, Update and Expand

Creating successful products is all about making the right decisions. Implementing or upgrading the right features is what generates hype. Hype generates users and users generate money.

You'll have to constantly pay attention to your hype otherwise users will start to drift away from your product. Keeping the product under constant development and releasing new versions is key to success.

It's your sandbox, let your imagination run wild!

Development Stream on Twitch

All parts of the game development are being streamed on Twitch. Come join the community and the stream at:
https://www.twitch.tv/jhovgaard

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: HD Graphics 4200
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: HD Graphics 4200
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64-bit
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and later
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: HD Graphics 4200
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64-bit. The game may be working on other distributions, but not guaranteed or supported.
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