This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best Video Games startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Video Games industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
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Top Video Games Startups
Vindex is the preeminent esports infrastructure platform. Founded by Mike Sepso and Sundance DiGiovanni, co-founders of Major League Gaming and early esports pioneers, and Bryan Binder and Jason Garmise, successful fintech entrepreneurs and private investors.
The company provides technology and services that power the richest experiences in esports and help the world’s leading game publishers, esports leagues and teams deliver deeply engaging experiences to fans around the world.. .
Founded and run by Marcus Segal and Michael Pagano Doom, ForeVR is creating category-defining games with social play that offer entertainment for people of all ages. Launched in 2020, ForeVR understands that VR’s time is now.
The accessibility of VR technology, the need for socially distant entertainment options and nostalgia for popular in-person games set the stage for success.. .
Piepacker is a free cloud gaming platform to hangout and plays premium retro games with your friends online. Piepacker combines the video with a series of licensed popular retro-style games that friends can easily play together.
It is simpler than organizing a discordant group but more interactive than just streaming. So far, the platform has seen long sessions and participation.
It was selected by TechCrunch in their top 12 favorite startups of the YC20 batch.. .
NAG Studios is a Sweden-based gaming startup that gives competitive gaming and esports its Superbowl format. Founded by games industry veteran Peter Stahl (ex-DICE & Resolution Games) and esports expert Johan Skott (ex-Tobii, Survivors Esports, Co-Op.gg), NAG is dedicated to creating competitive games and streaming platforms for players, broadcasters, and spectating audiences, all with the community integrated into the team.
The company was founded in 2020 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.. .
Esportz Entertainment Corp
Esportz Entertainment Corp. is a Digital First Fan Centric Global Esports Media Company.
Operating under the name of Esportz Network, the company is the Number 1 esports news agency in the world with over 85 professional freelance reporters, photographers and Videographers active on our news and entertainment platform. Content is delivered through a proprietary EsportzNetwork.com web-based platform along with Reuters as the Global partner for esports, news, photos, video, and podcasting.
Key Features of Esportz Network Platform: • Itemized news and information of major esports games: teams, matches, & player pages • Integration with Reuters Connect, Reuters Global distribution for over 3,000 news outlets • Esportz Network virtual tournaments which can be fully branded for sponsor participation. • An entire operating system for hiring, incentivizing and managing freelance reporters, photographers, and videographers for approvals, story processing, and payments.
• Mobile Responsive – display for all devices and screen sizes – Mobile app in process • Designed from the ground up for multiple languages • Freemium model for both the casual and dedicated gamers • 24/7/365 Streaming to a global audience across multiple games • Leading Podcasting and integration with traditional media for esports reporting EsportzNetwork.com also features a Cosplay section with a rapidly growing number of cosplayers from around the world. Esportz Entertainment Corp.
holds a California Talent Agency license to provide representation for Cosplayers and Influencers. In November 2019, the company launched www.esportsIMG.com as a dedicated stock esports photo subscription site serving advertising agencies, social media managers, website builders, and other content creators looking for a fresh supply of professional esports photography.
In 2020, the site will add hundreds of esports photos and esports videos. The EsportzNetwork website works with global esports and mobile gaming companies along with national advertisers to offer ad placement on the esportznetwork.com website which currently receives over 1.5 Million views per week..
Pointvoucher | Games & Rewards
Pointvoucher is a platform and games portal that creates a win-win-win solution for users, game developers, and brands through a three-sided loyalty platform where they can engage. 1.
Users can earn points for time spent playing games that can be exchanged for real-life vouchers, gift cards, coupons, and more. 2.
Game developers can publish their games directly on the portal or use the Pointvoucher Connect SDK to connect their game directly to the platform and enable their users to earn rewards no matter where the game is published. 3.
Brands and retailers can publish gift cards, vouchers, coupons, and prize draws on the platform for free and get access to members in the eco-system.. .
Round Labs is a New York-headquartered company with a long-term vision to build an aggregator of digital assets, gamified applications, and consumer experiences. The startup is currently developing a platform for users to engage in competitive arcade and financial games on top of blockchain networks.
Round Labs is leveraging public blockchain infrastructure for non-custodial digital asset exchange within their platform, as well as for ensuring transparency and proven fairness of the gaming tournaments through on-chain notarization. Round Labs is amongst the 25 teams out of 1000+ applicants selected by Andreessen Horowitz for their Crypto Startup School in Silicon Valley.
The startup has also been selected by Dapper Labs, the leading blockchain gaming company in the world for their Flow Blockchain Alpha Accelerator.. .
The Nemesis allows users to create their unique virtual space where they can sell products, offer services, play games, organize live events, or just create their own fantasy environment. Through the Nemesis everyone can create their own virtual world – no design skills required – and explore unlimited multiverses.
Online and offline interactions allow for greater user engagement, introducing new marketing and advertising strategies meant to increase retention.. .
Core Loop Games
Core Loop Games engages in building the next generation of MMOs. Gameplay and social cooperation are the core of its mission.
They want to reimagine how players cooperate on a large scale together. The company was founded by veterans from MachineZone, GREE, and Funzio.
It is VC backed and building a remote team of engineers and artists.. .
Sherwa Online Services
Bringing a share-economy into the gaming industry – Connecting, learning and earning money while you play! We are bringing a new way for people to connect and play together, while also having the opportunity for users to earn revenue by helping other players and creating exclusive lobbies. We offer instant matchmaking for both users who are trying to play, those platforms you can only book a match with someone.
We offer coaching groups as well as promoting inside events and competitions for exclusive gifts and in-app coins. We allow users the possibility to play with their favourite influencers/streamers.
The influencer can create a featured group where people can make a line to play with them.. .
Veloxia Technology was founded on a vision of becoming a unicorn in global consumer technologies. Veloxia’s mission is to design the self-marketing & industry-disrupting products by achieving excellence at product-market fitness and integrating behavioral economics into its products.
As revolutionary products require revolutionary people, Veloxia will always aim at gathering the ones with strong capabilities, reliable values and the desire to embody our story.. .
AuthorDigital is an information technology that specializes in video game development. The company specializes in PC, Consoles, and mobile platforms as well as building robust back-end gaming infrastructure and services.
AuthorDigital was founded in 2019 and headquartered in Maple Valley, Washington.. .
Lionheart Games is a mobile game studio focused on creating innovative, high-performing games for players. They develop in small, independent teams comprised of passionate and intellectually curious people who are driven to make the best games possible, and who thrive in an environment free of control, bureaucracy, and politics.
The studio specializes in Roll Playing Games such as Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons and TCG’s like Pokemon Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic: the Gathering. Lionheart Games was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA..
Skibre (www.skibre.com) is a social and mobile-based competitive Multiplayer Mobile Esports platform that hosts skill-based casual Mobile Gaming Tournaments for players across genres like arcade, puzzle, action, strategy, quiz, AR/VR and more. Skibre helps amateur mobile gamers compete professionally on its platform and get recognized for their talent, earn prizes, and become famous.
Leveraging Amazon’s cloud-based technology architecture and robust payments platform, Skibre can host millions of real-time casual esports tournaments securely daily for mobile players worldwide and distribute prizes in cash and in kind. Skibre partners with local and international game developers by enabling social competition in their games and hosting it on Skibre’s super app available on Android & IOS..
Skystone Games is a next-gen multiplatform gaming Company that publishes and develops video games designed to offer games globally. The company’s platform offers multiplatform video games for computers, enabling game lovers to enjoy video games.
It was founded in 2020 and is headquartered in Belmont, CA, USA.. .
PixelAnt Games’ appetite is huge. Mainly for a race with its own intellect and skills.
It learns and makes decisions based on data. On a daily basis, they combine the best software development practices with experience in game development.
It co-develop PC and console games together with the world’s largest co-developers.. .
We are creating a real economy, centred around gamers, by gamers, for gamers. GeeGee’s focus is on the monetization of gaming and the gamification of money.
The platform will be a web-based subscription service that connects and monetizes all users’ and content across all social media and content hosting platforms. We aim to offer an alternative solution to the current industry models..
One Earth Rising™
One Earth Rising™ is a video game development and entertainment company bridging the gap between great immersive experiences and raising people’s awareness of social issues in a subtle blend of ideas-driven narratives. We call this: Great Games, Great People.
As an entity, One Earth Rising is a B-Corp driven by producing profit while meeting the highest standards environmentally, socially, and the company’s positive culture as a force for good.. .
TechStorm is a brand new 360 international network on Asian Esports and tech-centric entertainment. The network celebrates the region’s trail blazers, the biggest Asian Esports and tech names, bringing them to a truly global audience and fan base.
The 24/7 network’s meteoric rise across Asia now reaches 43 million viewers, 100 platforms across multiple countries and is slated to exceed 20 countries globally. Its original Storm Bytes content is readily distributed to 96 million mobile handset users in 26 countries.
This exponential growth was all achieved in less than 22 months. TechStorm is an international Esports and tech entertainment network backed by blue-chip, high profile venture capital groups and founded by prominent industry business leaders in media and technology with more than 30 years of extensive domain expertise and business operations.
Its dynamic leadership team is fuelled by a passion to drive change and be the voice for Asia’s Esports and tech entrepreneurship ecosystem.. .
Virtua Pirates Private Limited
We incorporated with a vision to redefine AR-gaming experience. We are currently developing a real-life money hunting game in a multiplayer battle royal format.
Our venture has received a pre-seed backing of around 25K USD so far. We are currently raising a 320K USD seed round to refine the development and step in the market..
Netspeak Games operates as a zero-crunch studio that develops online multiplayer games. Its first game is a non-violent social MMO, designed to be a fun place to hang out with friends.
Players can relax, play, or just get some headspace. The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in London, England..
Stakester is a mobile first skill-based competition platform that enables competitors to compete with each other for prizes. It supports the biggest online games and one to one sports.
With offices in London and New York, Stakester was founded in 2019.. .
Fondée en 2019, TapNation est une start-up tech spécialisée dans le jeu vidéo mobile, plus précisément les jeux dits “hyper-casual” (des jeux simple à destination du plus grand nombre d’utilisateurs). Après une levée de fond et trois HITs (Ice Cream Inc, Bubble Sort et Cowboy Flip 3D), TapNation ambitionne de devenir l’un des acteurs clé du marché du publishing.
Nous publions les jeux de nos partenaires (studios et développeurs du monde entier) puis pilotons leur acquisition et leur monétisation.. .
Spyke Games is a mobile gaming company, built by a team who values creativity and innovation. We believe that when talented people unite around a single mission and are given the freedom to operate, something magical happens.
The end result is the creation of games that will be played for years to come.. .
Darkstar Development is a privately held California Corporation. Developing our first console AAA game for release with Xbox X-series, and SONY PS5.
GreaterPowers Gods and Heroes will be an immersive MMORPG social platform the requires multiplayer interaction. Revenue from game services such as additional heroes and player inventory slots; central marketplace micro-transactions of player traded blockchain encrypted items.
Revenue from player transactions will be integrated in the blockchain game economy. A percentage of commission from transfer credits between players to help others in gameplay.
Darkstar’s global team is located in 28 Countries; 25% in the U.S. This unique global distributed team is incredibly efficient in terms of operating costs and resilience.
This distributed model also allows for development to occur 24 hours a day seven days a week without delays or downtime.. .
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We are currently looking for investors. Please view our current overview at https://studiowayfinder.com/StudioWayfinderOverview.pdfWayfinder Studios, Inc is a new Game Development Studio looking to redefine the MOBA genre.
We are developing from the ground up a new online MOBA that will be deployed PC first, Mobile and Console second.. .
Elastic Audio is a platform for creating real-time audio in games and beyond. It builds lightweight tools to supercharge existing pipelines and make it easy for anyone to use cutting edge generative audio solutions.
The company is co-founded by Andrew Beck and Cary Collins and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.. .
Alpha Tech Inc.
Alpha Tech Inc. is a technology company that focuses on emerging markets in esports, mobile gaming, e-commerce, blockchain and high growth opportunities.
Through a strong portfolio of technology assets, we bring a new edge to the modern gaming of tomorrow.. .
Studio KOH is still in stealth mode. Based in the charming city of Geneva, Studio KOH is composed of veterans of the web, gaming, and hardware.
They are working hard to create KOH, one of the most exciting smart devices of the decade, with a proven demand (clients!) and lovely use cases. The studio is registered under the name BG Research SA in Geneva..
Gridly is a CMS for game devs with a powerful API, browser-based spreadsheet UI, and built-in functions to handle localization and game updates. Connect unlimited datasets to your game; create, translate, manage, and update content in one place.
Gridly will adapt to your data structures and provide you with granular user access control.. .
game description: Granny keeps you locked in her house. Now you have to try to get out of her house, but be careful and quiet.
She hears everything. If you drop something on the floor, she hears it and comes running.
You can hide in wardrobes or under beds. You have 5 days.
Good luck!. .
Indie Esports League
The Indie Esports League is an exciting new opportunity for indie developers and gamers of all levels seeking a place and reward in esports. The IEL provides the first true multi-game league system allowing users of any level to compete in, create, manage and monetize leagues for games they love.
Our technology puts users in control of the future of competitive gaming – indie esports. The Indie Esports League has developed proprietary API technology to create, manage and monetize esports leagues for any game on any platform.
We provide infrastructure and tools to transform access and scaleability of esports for all gamers and developers globally. As gamers and entrepreneurs we have strategically positioned the IEL to provide long term sustainable growth for all in esports.
The Indie Esports League is an innovative player generated / player directed league system. Leagues performing at higher levels are fostered into a ‘Premier League’ model for scaleability and higher revenue generation.
We designed the IEL to be a fully inclusive platform for casual gamers to the pro-esports athletes and developers of tomorrow. Giving all a real opportunity to rise and succeed..
Building a much needed AI assisted tools for anyone who is interested in making video games , VR / AR interactive content – without knowing code, tech skills, or deep knowledge of the industry. The Average designer, artist or developer juggles hundreds of game dev tools out there.
Our AI aggregates the tools, makes predictions, and posts the creator smart suggests. The developer then makes adjustments and incorporates those suggestions into their game to stand out in the crowd.
Going through this process over and over will ultimately result in an entirely new genre of games. The AI production tool assists the creators with SDK integrations, automatically produce in-game visuals, suggest best types of mechanics, sounds, organize folders for you and show errors to fix or to prevent and also help shape and publish unique stories with developers..
Game Transactionz is one of Europe’s first solution that transforms any mobile game into an eSports platform. It is redefining the mobile game industry by creating a win-win scenario for both players and game publishers.
By distributing the underlying mechanics, game developers benefit from the best monetization method in the gaming industry and enable competitive tournaments in their game for small stakes. This while players enjoy playing their favorite skill-driven games in a competitive environment.
With a free and easy to integrate SDK, games can make use of eSports monetization in a copy of their original game. This way they keep their original monetization methods and will generate an additional revenue stream with head-to-head competition which increases their engagement, retention and ARPDAU.
Game Transactionz provides a complete customizable UI, takes care of tournament management, payment and withdrawal methods, fair player matching, but also fraud & cheat prevention and game skill-determining algorithms. If you have a mobile game and are curious to tap into the emerging eSports industry, Game Transactionz is your best partner..