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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Mostly Positive (66) - 78% of the 66 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (1,523) - 76% of the 1,523 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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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August 17

Devlog #25



Hi everyone,

The last two weeks have been dedicated to playtesting, balancing and bug hunting. Beta 17 is a big update and really changes the dynamics of the game, which subsequently requires intense re-balancing. This was also the reason for postponing the devlog last week. I literally had nothing to show you as it was all just bug fixing and balancing.

The devlog gives a sneak peek into what has been developed on the game over the past week. It is not a new release and is not available yet. New features are always released as official Beta releases.

Improved “Add Feature”
After the new revenue features were added, it became very hard to understand the difference between features. The view has now been updated to better explain what you get by adding a feature.

You might notice that features are now showing stars. The more stars, the more potential users per level.

A couple of new features have also been added: Item Listing, Offline Content and Live Streaming.

New “Ad Space Deals” dialog
As playtesters started playing, it quickly became clear that we needed a way to list all the negotiated deals. This is now possible including sorting by clicking on table columns. By clicking “Cancel”, the Sales Executive will then start negotiating with the customer again, allowing you to reach a higher CPM (or you can opt to completely ignore the customer).


New milestones have been added
The investor milestones have been improved and now contains a total of 20 milestones. I still feel a couple more should be added, so that’s probably coming in the future.

Beta 17 Release Date
This is probably the main reason why you’re reading this devlog right now, so let’s get right to it. The Beta 17 release date will be Friday, August 24th.

I actually wanted to release it this week, but balancing has been tough on this one. Therefore, we will spend another week testing things out.

Finally, I want to thank everyone on Discord who have been helping out testing Beta 17 so far. I would never have been able to catch all those bugs without you guys! <3

Do you have suggestions or ideas for the game? Check out our Conflux board.

Thanks for reading!

Best,
Jonas
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August 3

Devlog #24



Hi everyone,

Just finishing off another busy week (as always!). I was considering postponing this devlog, but I’m really eager to show you the new negotiation feature!

Beta 17 has really come together these last couple of weeks. The new features are in place and I’m now entering the test and balancing phase.

The devlog gives a sneak peek into what has been developed on the game over the past week. It is not a new release and is not available yet. New features are always released as official Beta releases.

Sales Executive: The Negotiation
Beta 17 introduces new revenue-based features, including Text Ads, Banner Ads and Video Ads. Adding any of these features to your product allows you to sell ad space on your product to generate revenue.

To sell this ad space, you need a Sales Executive to search for deals (just like the old contracts feature). Once a deal is found, you’ll have to do the negotiation. When dealing with a customer, it’s important to consider both their mood and the offers they submit. If a customer becomes too angry during the negotiation, they will simply leave in a huff. On the other hand, if you negotiate correctly, you can get much better deals, leading to higher revenue for your product.

The feature is very complicated so I won’t go into too much detail right now. If you’re worried about having to do the negotiation manually every time, I can assure you that this won’t be the case. Once a deal with a customer is in place, you can stick with the agreed price in the future.

“Contract Work” removed from Startup Company
Yes, you read that right. Contract work will not feature in Beta 17. Shortly after I released the feature, I had the feeling that it didn’t quite match my vision for Startup Company. After investors were introduced to the game, it became very clear that it was completely unrealistic that a company funded by investors would start doing contract work for other companies.

To be honest, I’m a bit fearful of the reactions to this. There is a large portion of my playerbase who are only generating revenue through contract work. Beta 17 will definitely be a huge change for them.

Updated Roadmap
I have updated the roadmap to match the latest progress. As it shows, Beta 17 is planned for release in two weeks. While this isn’t a guarantee, as we’ve still got a ton of work to do, I think it’s a realistic timeframe.


Do you have suggestions or ideas for the game? Check out our Conflux board.

Thanks for reading!

Best,
Jonas
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“Startup Company is actually a pretty solid game!”
LIRIK

“Startup Company was a great game!”
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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!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 or similar
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 or similar
    • 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: Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 or similar
    • 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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