Startup Company is a business simulation sandbox game where you’re the CEO of a new company. Your job is to build your very own website and compete against the largest tech giants on the planet!
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Mostly Positive (1,880) - 76% of the 1,880 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 - we've got a lot of features that we want to implement into the game. In addition to that we're listening closely to our community, so features that were initially not planned for Startup Company might make it into the final release if there are a lot of requests.”

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)
  • Employees requiring raises and eventually switching to competitors
  • Random events
  • Improved sound effects
  • More achievements
  • Improved usability and tips/help
  • In-game Help system
  • Performance Optimization
  • New offices and items
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 20 hours of playtime.”

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

“The price will most likely increase as new content and features are added. The lower early access price is intended to thank early adopters for their support. The game is working on Windows, Mac and Linux.”

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 also run a very active Discord community where community members mingle and share tips on how to build an even better company!

We will continue down this path and inviting Steam Early Access players to join the conversation.”
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December 16

Devlog #33

Hi there!

This week has been a crazy week for us. Not only did we release Beta 19, which optimized the entire game and included some new features, we're also working very hard on bringing you Beta 20 very soon!

Research Tree
We've talked about this before, and now it's finally done, except from some final balancing to make it perfect!

The new Research Tree is replacing the current tier system. Instead you will be able to unlock exactly what you want. This means that you don't have to wait anymore for tiers to unlock, you're now completely in control.

All the features of Startup Company are unlocked via the Research Tree and not only items that used to be limited by old tier system.

Beta 20 Release
We plan to release Beta 20 very soon. It will contain the following new features:
  • The new Research Tree
  • The X Servers (more info about it in Devlog 32!)
  • Various UI optimizations

It's a small release, but as the Research Tree is changing a lot of things, we don't want to overwhelm everyone with too many changes. Next week we're starting with the localization and play-testing. We're planning the release just after Christmas. If you want to join the play-testing of the new upcoming Beta, make sure to join our Discord group for more info!

All the notes that are listed above are simply a preview of what's coming up in Startup Company. These new changes and items are not yet available in the public build of the game.

That's it for this Sunday, thanks for reading!


Jonas & Robert

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December 7

Beta 19 Released!

Hi everyone!

Beta 19 is now available! Restart Steam to get it right away!

Beta 19 is now live, which mainly focused on optimizing the game - making sure it’s ready for the future of Startup Company! We fixed a lot of issues and listened closely to what the community had to say.

As always, we’re incredibly excited to hear your ideas, while also being nervous at the same time - since new Betas are always scary for developers!

With each Beta release we just want to make sure that you’re aware of the fact that there might be some bugs. Jonas is standing by to make sure anything that might go wrong will get hotfixed as soon as possible, but it should be a smooth sailing with this release since we tested it a lot.

Performance Improvements
Since the Early Access release Startup Company hasn't been the most optimized game and everyone who had 180 employees know what we're talking about.

The main reason for the bad performance has always been the way the office was rendered (DOM elements). This was a decision we took early on, as Startup Company at the time wasn't that "big" of a game. People usually had 10-20 employees.

Now as the game has progressed, it's time to move on to WebGL and something called canvas. This is all geek talk, but what it really means is the game is going to be incredible efficient compared to the latest Beta 18.

Here's some early stats showing the improvements (all based on i7 7700K and a GTX1060):

Beta 18
Beta 19
30x30 office with 100 employees
84 fps
144 fps
60x60 office with 200 employees
27 fps
144 fps
150x150 office with 400 employees
Unable to load
102 fps

More employees in the Skyscraper
The maximum desks in the skyscraper has been increased from 180 to 260. We plan on increasing the limit even more, as more performance improvements gets introduced in the future.

New desks
We’ve added two new desks to the game, one that is perfect for managers and one that grants your programmers, SysAdmins and designers an amazing setup! Here are the images of these setups:

The executive setup

The ultimate setup

New overlays
We’ve included new overlays which shows a lot more information in a much cleaner way!

It has been a pain to move certain items, especially when you had a bigger office with more items in there. We've now significantly improved the clickable area from where you can select items that you previously placed on the office floor. This will allow you to remove and/or change items in your office a lot easier.

New location for Mods
The location where mods are stored has been changed. In addition to that, when you’re upgrading to a newer version of Startup Company mods will automatically deactivate. You will need to manually enable them again in the mods section in the game itself.

FAQ about Beta 19
Beta 19 feels much slower than Beta 18. Shouldn’t it be faster?
This can be the case if your setup is below our minimum requirements. Beta 18 was relying mainly on the CPU. Beta 19 is different and is now utilizing the GPU instead. Make sure to play the game with a dedicated graphics card.

Is there a way to upgrade existing racks to the new 42U rack?
Unfortunately not at this time. It’s on our radar, together with a ton of other features.

The toggle overlay and the new desks are missing translations. Is this intended?
Yes, as Beta 19 almost contained no new translations, we have postponed translation of some strings until Beta 20.

As always, we're dedicated to make sure everything runs smoothly by fixing potential issues, listening to the community and continue the development by working towards Beta 20. In case you're wondering what's coming up in Beta 20 make sure to take a look at our updated roadmap from December 7, 2018.

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

Jonas & Robert

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About This Game

Start small, dream big

Startup Company is a business simulation sandbox game. You’re the CEO of a small startup and are eager to grow your company. With a small investment, you set out to build an amazing website to compete against the largest tech giants in the world and dream of becoming the most valuable company in history!

What can you do in the game?

  • Design & Build: Design your very own offices.
  • Crafting System: Merge components, create modules and improve your website.
  • Manage Everything: Hire new staff, manage servers and run marketing campaigns.

Hire the brightest and best talent

A great company and product is built by great people. Optimize your staff benefits, improve their working conditions and train your staff to become more productive.

Profit: $0, Goals: Over 9000!

A startup entrepreneur doesn’t only care about revenue and profit, but also about overall growth! You’ll have to wear many hats in your company. Keep track of your server capacity, acquire users, spend dollars on marketing, keep an eye on production, manage your staff and do whatever it takes to take your company to the next level!

Developers, developers, developers!

If you want to build your own website, you’ll have to create the components and modules to do so yourself. Find the best developers, designers, researchers and managers to grow your product into something for the masses!

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

It’s your business sandbox, so let your imagination run wild!

System Requirements

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