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 (108) - 73% of the 108 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,257) - 76% of the 2,257 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Aug 11, 2017

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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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May 12

Devlog #45

Hi everyone,

First of all welcome to all the new players coming in the last two weeks, it has been incredible to see all the new faces joining our community hub, Discord and providing super valuable feedback for the further development of Startup Company. :-)

This week has been a combination of working on Startup Company and working on Localizor.

We already begin testing Localizor (only on Discord for now). Hopefully we'll soon be able to invite everyone to come help translate Startup Company into any language they'd like.

CEO becomes a manager
Beta 24 will add another option to your CEO: HR Management. Just like the usual HR Managers, you can now use your CEO to set working schedules and adding speed bonus.

The CEO will still be able to recruit, meaning the CEO is the first employee type to be able to do multiple task types.

Shared Production Plans
Beta 24 makes managers even more useful with the new feature: Shared Production Plans. Instead of having all your managers working independently, they can now share the same production plans. I also took some time to redesign the UI of the screen making it a bit easier to find the components or modules you're looking for.

Improved competition
For a long time there has been a bug allowing the game to "shrink" the internet population. I'm now working on improving this. I'm also experiencing with a "close competitor" functionality. I hope to tell you more about this in next devlog.

An updated roadmap
It's time to get the roadmap updated. I really think the future looks suuuper exciting! I can't wait to get started on the development.

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

That's it for this week!


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April 28

Devlog #44

Hi everyone,

This week the main focus has been on support and bug fixing.

Last Saturday Startup Company was featured as Steam's Daily Deal. We had an amazing week where we welcomed a lot of new players. We even managed to break the old record of max concurrent players from 1403 to 1969 on April 21, 2019. (Super close to 2000!).

Bugfixes and changes this week
  • Third floor added to the HQ building.
  • Removed framework max level limitation to allow for modding.
  • Fixed HTML in Korean speech bubbles.
  • Increased aging speed by 33%.
  • Removed landing page as a premium feature option.
  • Fixed a bug causing contracts not to be cancelled when firing sales executives.
  • Fixed bug where an employee could have two demands for firing the same employee.
  • Fixed bug allowing players to generate components for free by cancelling current task.
  • Fixed keyboard shortcuts that did not work.
  • Increased maximum negotiation bid for expert candidates to $25.000.
  • Fixed bug making it hard to unlock the Researcher achievement.
  • Adding sorting to Sales Executive leads and sort default by time of creation.
  • Removed framework max limit limitation for mods.
  • Fixed bug making it impossible to move items or workstations between floors.

New citymap planned for Beta 24
Bruno has returned and is working on the new citymap. We still need to make it more obvious what buildings are rent-able and some additional details, but overall I'm pretty happy with the result already.

Community Translations
Localizor, our upcoming game translation tool from Hovgaard Games is soon going into beta testing.

The tool will be used to allow you guys (the community) to mainly help translate Startup Company into more languages, but also to improve the existing translations.

If you're interested in joining the beta, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter at the Startup Company website and following Hovgaard Games on Steam.

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

That's it for this week!



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“Startup Company is a pretty solid game!”

“Very cool management style game!”

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: 1 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.9
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 or similar
    • Storage: 1 GB 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: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64-bit. The game may be working on other distributions, but not guaranteed or supported.

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