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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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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October 14

Devlog #29

Hi all!

This week we’re gearing up towards the release of Beta 18. We’re working on a bunch of different features and bug fixes and we’re sure that many of you will like some of the changes that we’re implementing! We're expecting to release Beta 18 the upcoming week and we'll make sure to keep you all posted.

New Queue Feature
We’re implementing a new queue system for all production employees (Developers, Designers, Lead Developers, SysAdmins and Marketeers). This is very useful during the early game when players are not able to employ a manager. You can also toggle it to ‘’Repeater’’-mode (top right corner) to make it all work smoothly!



Bruno, the ‘’old’’ designer is back
We’re currently working on a bunch of new graphical assets for the game. Our ‘’old’’ designer, Bruno, is now back on the team and will start creating assets that we need in order to continue developing the game from a graphical perspective.

Contract Expiration
This new handy bar will show you when a contract is about to end, making sure you can plan accordingly with your Sales Executives.



Big UI/4K support improved & rendering performance improvement
Beta 17 all UI had to be optimized for 4K monitors which resulted in a worse experience than running without Big UI enabled.

This has been changed so it now works automatically, giving 4K users an equally great experience. At the same time rendering has been improved by 50% in Beta 18, going from 255KB of CSS rules to 128KB. This will especially improve performance on slower computers.

Other features
Other features that will make it into Beta 18 are the ''Random Events'' and Highscore feature which we mentioned in Devlog #28 from last week.

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

Alright, that’s all for Devlog #29. Thanks for reading, make sure to let us know what you think about the current progress of Startup Company by submitting a review (as we monitor those closely) or by leaving a comment below!

Best,
Jonas & Robert



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October 7

Devlog #28

Hi there!

This week was a very busy week. Jonas has been releasing a bunch of hotfixes that address various issues and bugs that were present in the game. The following issues/bugs have been solved:

Solved bugs & issues
🔵Fixed bug causing the game to require internet connection.
🔵Fixed issue with old savegames containing references to previous contract work functionality.
🔵Fixed issue with old savegames containing old marketing campaigns.
🔵Fixed issue where Ad Contract's completed days was shown incorrectly.
🔵Fixed bug where crashes occurred when deleting a product and the marketing tab was open.
🔵Fixed bug making it impossible to uninstall specific mods.
🔵Fixed bug where Sales Executive couldn't create new contracts if all competitors were merged.
🔵Fixed bug causing game to crash when deleting a savegame while viewing a hosting building.
🔵Fixed error being thrown when timeslots window open.

Progress on 'Random Events'
As we announced last week we're working on a new feature named ''Random Events'', which as the name suggest happen on random occasions during the game to spice things up.

We're working on adding a bunch of these events, and more will be added over time to continue building upon this feature. (And of course by taking community suggestions into account!)

Some of the random events that you will encounter once BETA 18 has been released:

🔵Viral Boost: your product goes viral and generates a lot of new users.
🔵DDoS attacks: an unknown group will attack your servers.
🔵Poaching: your competitors will try to steal your best employees.
🔵Employee decisions: employees want raises or else they quit.

Random events only happen if you have more than 100K users using your product. In addition to that you can only get the random viral boost effect if your user satisfaction is above 70%.

In Devlog #27 we posted a screenshot of what it looks like when your company is under a DDoS attack and when an employee wants a raise. This week we'll be showing you what it looks like when your product goes viral and when a competitor wants to steal your employee.



Highscore
Once you've completed everything there is to do in Startup Company you will be rewarded a (high)-score, which lets you measure yourself up against other CEO's playing the game!

Once this feature is up and running the most seasoned CEO's will be able to earn bragging rights by posting their highest scores!



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

Renaming ''Products'' to ''Websites''
It was unclear for a lot of players that your product is actually a website. Based on feedback from our players on the Steam community hub, our Discord channel and through emails we've decided to change it to make it more clear for (new) players of Startup Company.

Updated Roadmap
In case you're wondering what's coming up in the near future make sure to check out our updated roadmap

Alright, that’s all for Devlog #28. Thanks for reading, make sure to let us know what you think about the current progress of Startup Company by submitting a review (as we monitor those closely) or by leaving a comment below!

Best,
Jonas & Robert


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“Startup Company is actually a pretty solid 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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