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Top 35 Video Games Startups in 2024

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1) Bright Star Studios

Bright Star Studios

Bright Star Studios is an independent video game production firm based in the United Kingdom that specializes in next-generation MMO experiences.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Denmark
  • State: Midtjylland
  • City: Aarhus
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Joris Huijbregts, Loren Roosendaal, Mark Laursen, Sage Durain, Sune Thorsen
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $2,700,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 11 (Animoca Brands, CoinGecko, Yield Guild Games, Galaxy Interactive, Defiance Capital)

You can find their website here.

2) Krafton

Krafton

Krafton is a fantasy game developer who works on both PC and mobile devices.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: South Korea
  • State: Kyonggi-do
  • City: Seongnam
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Chang Byung-gyu
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $574,280,722
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 4 (Tencent, Altos Ventures, Premier Partners, IMM Investment)

You can find their website here.

3) Supercell

Supercell

Supercell is a firm that creates video games for tablets and smartphones.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Finland
  • State: Southern Finland
  • City: Helsinki
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Ilkka Paananen, Lassi Leppinen, Mikko Kodisoja, Niko Derome, Petri Styrman, Visa Forsten
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $143,032,267
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 10 (Accel, Index Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Atomico, Lifeline Ventures)

You can find their website here.

4) Enjin

Enjin

Enjin® is the largest social gaming website platform that uses Blockchain Technology to provide genuine ownership of digital items.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Singapore
  • State: Central Region
  • City: Singapore
  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Maxim Blagov, Witek Radomski
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $41,900,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 11 (BlockTower Capital, Fenbushi Capital, Hashed, Arrington XRP Capital, Digital Finance Group)

You can find their website here.

5) ULTRA

ULTRA

The blockchain revolution is coming to the game industry because to Ultra.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: France
  • State: Ile-de-France
  • City: Paris
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: David Hanson, Nicolas Gilot
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $5,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (ZBS CAPITAL)

You can find their website here.

6) Axie Infinity

Axie Infinity

Axie Infinity is a game in which players acquire, raise, and battle fantasy creatures known as Axies.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Vietnam
  • State: NA - Vietnam
  • City: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Started in: 2018
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $9,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 10 (Animoca Brands, ConsenSys, 500 Startups, Mark Cuban, Hashed)

You can find their website here.

7) Wildlife Studios

Wildlife Studios

Wildlife Studios is a mobile game development and publishing firm.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Brazil
  • State: Sao Paulo
  • City: Sao Paulo
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Arthur Lazarte, Michael Mac-Vicar, Victor Lazarte
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $180,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 13 (Benchmark, Bessemer Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital, Human Capital, Bradley Horowitz)

You can find their website here.

8) PortalOne

PortalOne

PortalOne is a gaming firm that creates live game experiences that feature spectacular visuals and cutting-edge interactivity.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Norway
  • State: Oslo
  • City: Oslo
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Bård Anders Kasin, Stig Olav Kasin
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $15,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 20 (Founders Fund, Seedcamp, Atari, Coatue, Kevin Lin)

You can find their website here.

9) FRVR

FRVR

FRVR is a software business that creates tablet and smartphone games.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Malta
  • State: NA - Malta
  • City: Saint Paul's Bay
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Brian Meidell, Chris Benjaminsen
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $5,600,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 5 (Accel, Makers Fund, Hiro Capital, David Helgason, Paul Heydon)

You can find their website here.

10) G2 Esports

G2 Esports

G2 Esports is a world-class esports organization that represents some of the greatest players on the planet.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Germany
  • State: Berlin
  • City: Berlin
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Carlos Rodríguez, Jens Hilgers
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $27,300,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 13 (MaC Venture Capital, Dan Gilbert, Everblue Management, Go4it Capital, Joseph Tsai)

You can find their website here.

11) Sky Mavis

Sky Mavis

Blockchain Technology Simplified - We use fun and practical applications to introduce the benefits of blockchain to everyone.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Vietnam
  • State: NA - Vietnam
  • City: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Aleksander Leonard Larsen, Jeffrey Zirlin, Trung Nguyen
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $9,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 16 (Animoca Brands, BlockTower Capital, 500 Startups, CoinGecko, Mark Cuban)

You can find their website here.

12) Social Point

Social Point

Social Point is a social game developer that creates games for social networks and mobile devices.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Spain
  • State: Catalonia
  • City: Barcelona
  • Started in: 2008
  • Founders: Andres Bou, Horacio Martos, Marc Canaleta
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $44,711,476
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 6 (Idinvest Partners, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Greylock, 83North, Highland Europe)

You can find their website here.

13) Surrogate.tv

Surrogate.tv

Surrogate.tv is a third-party platform for creating physical encounters in real life.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Finland
  • State: Southern Finland
  • City: Espoo
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Esko Vähämäki, Severi Tikkala, Shane Henrik Allen, Stanislav Dmitriev
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $4,509,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 6 (Business Finland, PROfounders Capital, Brighteye Ventures, Supernode Global, Initial Capital)

You can find their website here.

14) CCP Games

CCP Games

CCP Games is a privately held company that creates massively multiplayer online (MMO) games.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Iceland
  • State: Gullbringusysla
  • City: Reykjavík
  • Started in: 1997
  • Founders: Reynir Hardarson, Sigurdur Arnljotsson
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $66,300,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 3 (General Catalyst, New Enterprise Associates, Novator)

You can find their website here.

15) Challengermode

Challengermode

Esports infrastructure that is easily accessible to players, organizers, and game developers

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Sweden
  • State: Stockholms Lan
  • City: Stockholm
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Philip Skogsberg, Robel Efrem
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $17,962,287
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 16 (Nordic Secondary Fund, GP Bullhound, eWTP Technology & Innovation Fund, Jonas Nordlander, Per Brilioth)

You can find their website here.

16) Line Games

Line Games

Line Games is a division of Line Corporation dedicated to the game industry.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: South Korea
  • State: Seoul-t'ukpyolsi
  • City: Seocho
  • Started in: 2017
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: ₩125,000,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (Anchor Equity Partners)

You can find their website here.

17) Small Giant Games

Small Giant Games

Small Giant Games is a Helsinki, Finland-based indie game development studio.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Finland
  • State: Southern Finland
  • City: Helsinki
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Markus Halttunen, Timo Soininen
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $50,562,955
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 7 (EQT Ventures, Creandum, PROfounders Capital, First Fellow Partners, Spintop Ventures)

You can find their website here.

18) Oh BiBi Games

Oh BiBi Games

Oh BiBi Games is a mobile game development studio based in France.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: France
  • State: Ile-de-France
  • City: Paris
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Anne Dewavrin, Martial Valery, Stanislas Dewavrin
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $25,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 4 (Atomico, Gumi Inc, Korelya Capital, Time for Growth)

You can find their website here.

19) Moonfrog Labs

Moonfrog Labs

Moonfrog Labs is a small gaming studio that specializes on board and social card games.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • State: Karnataka
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Dimpalkumar Maisuriya, Kumar Puspesh, Oliver Jones, Oliver Jones, Tanay Tayal
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $16,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2 (Sequoia Capital India, Tiger Global Management)

You can find their website here.

20) GamingMonk

GamingMonk

GamingMonk is a gaming firm situated in New Delhi, India that specializes in eSports.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • State: Delhi
  • City: New Delhi
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Abhay Sharma, Ashwin Haryani
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $695,481
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 6 (Stellaris Venture Partners, Incubate Fund, GameWith, Smile Group, AdvantEdge Founders)

You can find their website here.

21) Rivergame

Rivergame

Rivergame is an online game developer based in China.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • State: Beijing
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2018
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: CN¥3,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (Elex Technology)

You can find their website here.

22) Moonton

Moonton

Moonton is a Chinese video game developer and publisher best known for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, an online fighting arena game.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • State: Shanghai
  • City: Minhang
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Justin Yuan
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: CN¥3,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (Challenjers Capital)

You can find their website here.

23) Virtuos

Virtuos

Virtuos is one of the world's leading providers of digital entertainment production services.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • State: Shanghai
  • City: Shanghai
  • Started in: 2004
  • Founders: Gilles Langourieux
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $15,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 3 (Legend Capital, 3D Capital Partners, Xuhui Venture Capital)

You can find their website here.

24) Reworld

Reworld

Reworld is a platform that allows individuals to create their own videogames by providing training and IT resources.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • State: Beijing
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2018
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $56,780,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 3 (ZhenFund, Joy Capital, Northern Light Venture Capital)

You can find their website here.

25) Multiverse

Multiverse

Multiverse is a virtual reality and augmented reality game development studio.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • State: Guangdong
  • City: Shenzhen
  • Started in: 2016
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: CN¥13,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 5 (Hejun Capital, Black Hole Capital, Taiyou Fund, Purple Bull Startups, Highway One Capital)

You can find their website here.

26) Riot Games

Riot Games

Riot Games is an online game development business based in the United States.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Started in: 2006
  • Founders: Brandon Beck, Marc Merrill
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding: $21,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 4 (Tencent, Benchmark, FirstMark, HAX)

You can find their website here.

27) Mythical Games

Mythical Games

Mythical Games is a video game engine that allows players to build their own economies.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Cameron Thacker, Chris Downs, Jamie Jackson, John Linden, Rudy Koch
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $110,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 15 (Alumni Ventures Group, Okcoin, Fenbushi Capital, Hashed, Galaxy Interactive)

You can find their website here.

28) Scopely

Scopely

Scopely is a global pioneer in mobile games and interactive entertainment.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • City: Culver City
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Ankur Bulsara, Eric Futoran, Eytan Elbaz, Walter Driver
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding: $998,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 68 (BlackRock, Battery Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Felicis Ventures, BoxGroup)

You can find their website here.

29) Rainway

Rainway

Rainway is a web-based game streaming platform that allows players to play their favorite PC games on a variety of devices, allowing them to play whenever and wherever they choose.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: Washington
  • City: Seattle
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Andrew Sampson, Evan Banyash
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $5,145,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 3 (Techstars, GoAhead Ventures, Techstars Seattle Accelerator)

You can find their website here.

30) Epic Games

Epic Games

Epic Games is a video game and software firm based in the United States that develops games and licenses its game engine technology to other developers.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: North Carolina
  • City: Cary
  • Started in: 1991
  • Founders: Mark Rein, Tim Sweeney
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding: $5,110,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 9
  • Number of investors: 34 (Tencent, BlackRock, Fidelity Management and Research Company, GIC, T. Rowe Price)

You can find their website here.

31) Bungie

Bungie

From a spooky one-bedroom apartment with two males to a fully-loaded game studio with free food, there's something for everyone.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: Washington
  • City: Bellevue
  • Started in: 1991
  • Founders: Alexander Seropian, Jason Jones
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $100,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (NetEase)

You can find their website here.

32) CEEK

CEEK

CEEK is a smartphone VR app that allows users to connect with bands in a virtual reality environment.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: Florida
  • City: Miami Beach
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Mary Spio
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $7,247,500
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 1 (Backstage Capital)

You can find their website here.

33) Twitch

Twitch

Twitch is a social video platform that allows gamers to stream, watch, and discuss video games.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Emmett Shear, Justin Kan, Kevin Lin, Kyle Vogt, Michael Seibel, Omar Javed
  • Number of employees: 5001-10000
  • Funding: $35,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 9 (Bessemer Venture Partners, SV Angel, Y Combinator, Draper Associates, Thrive Capital)

You can find their website here.

34) Oculus

Oculus

Oculus, which makes the Rift, creates virtual reality systems and technologies that allow users to experience anything with anybody.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • City: Menlo Park
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Brendan Iribe, Jack McCauley, Maxwell Planck, Michael Antonov, Mike LeBeau, Nate Mitchell, Palmer Luckey
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $98,387,429
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 10 (Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, Spark Capital, Matrix Partners, Formation 8)

You can find their website here.

35) Niantic

Niantic

Niantic develops augmented reality platforms for current and future AR hardware generations.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: John Hanke, Phil Keslin
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $470,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 20 (Founders Fund, Google, Battery Ventures, Spark Capital, CRV)

You can find their website here.

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