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36 Best Gamification Startups Worth A Follow In 2021

This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best Gamification startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Gamification 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:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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Top Gamification Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Playco

Playco

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Playco is a developer of instant-play games across a variety of platforms.

geojam

geojam

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geojam is the first rewards-based music platform where every action earns points that can be redeemed for personalized experiences and customized merchandise; never before has there been a more authentic and direct way uniting artists and fans. geojam enables artists to transform the way they connect, market and share their music to significantly expand fan bases and drive new revenue streams.

By providing innovative technology, compelling infrastructure and dynamic marketing reach, geojam purposefully connects artists and fans.. .

End Game Interactive

End Game Interactive

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End Game Interactive initially built third-party apps for games such as Pokévision.

The Nemesis

The Nemesis

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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.. .

AuthorDigital

AuthorDigital

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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.. .

Bower

Bower

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Bower® is a deposit solution for all packages or products. Bower® wants to reduce the number of packages or products that end up in the garbage and in the environment by giving the it a value in monetary terms in the form of a pledge/deposit – just like empty bottles and beer cans.

This gives the consumer an incentive to recycle the package. Our world-unique position-based scanning technology enables consumers to receive a deposit value in their mobile phone when recycling their packaging at pinpointed places.

Our solution can be connected to all sorts of packaging – everything from plastic bags to take-away mugs to products. There is no longer any need to invest in expensive reverse vending machines – instead, consumers are able to recycle at already existing recycling stations or at othe pinpointed locations selected by connected consumer brands.

centivizing recycling with financial means is a proven way to increase recycling rates. Bower® is a mobile app that enables consumer brands to put a deposit value on their packaging – either in the form of money or points.

By doing so, they take a greater responsibility for their packaging and, at the same time, get a direct relationship to their end-consumers through the app. To create a deposit system is simpler than it sounds.

There is already a habitual behavior to visit deposit stations. Bower® only reinforces this behavior by giving incentives to actually visit the deposit station..

Crumb

Crumb

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Crumb gives value to people’s daily movement by rewarding it with incentives from cross-industry stakeholders such as Gyms, Employers and Brands. According to the World Health Organisation 70% of deaths are caused by clinical diseases which can be significantly prevented by moderate activity on a day-to-day basis.

Crumb leverages activity and shopping preferences to motivate with the right product for the fitting activity for each user and increase physical activity on a consistent basis.. .

Signum City

Signum City

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Ever felt intimidated by the stock market? Buy and sell stocks risk-free in this colorful, interactive mobile game. No prior experience or knowledge needed – just your gumption.

Signum City simulates the real-life stock market in real-time to experience what it’s like to trade stock in some of your favorite companies. As if that wasn’t cool enough, you’ll even have a chance to win real prizes as your stock savvy increases.

It is well-documented that Gen Z knows the importance of financial literacy but still has a lot of anxiety surrounding attaining it. We gamify the stock market to empower a generation that deeply desires it.

Players use fake money to trade stocks and build a portfolio using real world data, compete in sponsored tournaments with friends to win real gift cards, and learn financial literacy through completing levels within the game. In the fintech space, they open a competitor app and just see numbers and charts; we provide context.

In the classroom space, the current offerings are dry and outdated; we provide gamification. Signum City offers Gen Z & Millenials a space to build both their financial literacy and their confidence with money..

Binary Analytics

Binary Analytics

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SaaS for acquiring, retaining, and training people

Versus Reward

Versus Reward

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Play along with your favourite sports, compete and win! Versus rewards you for being a great sports fan!

JMH Holdings

JMH Holdings

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A Gaming and eSports Platform Companies

CopyRage

CopyRage

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Lack of experience and trust are the major problems most of newbie and professional traders and betters experience nowadays. Solid and reliable platform acting according to the guidelines of fintech regulators and customer expectations is needed.

CopyRage offers a better product by connecting customers without being involved in direct trades. Dedicated team and a clear set of values are the strong foundation of CopyRage, setting apart it from the competitors.

As a social trading platform CopyRage connects bloggers, professional stock traders, betters and novices in order to keep them constantly active via the rating system that motivates them to develop their personal accounts. All the transactions are being processed via the APIs at external platforms.

As a result, CopyRage is absolutely secure and legal worldwide.. .

Adact

Adact

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Adact creates games to help retail stores to create connections with their customers through gamification.

Feature Gaming

Feature Gaming

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Streamers are offline for 12+ hours a day and any additional time offline like taking a couple days off or going on vacation can directly impact their revenue potential. In short, anytime away from streaming is money lost.

It causes a drop in viewership and engagement which leads to a decrease in subscriptions, donations and bit cheers from twitch followers. It can also lead to a drop in advertising revenue from twitch, weaker results for their sponsors, and decreased merchandise and affiliate sales.

Our team has developed a platform that enables streamers to host their own gaming tournaments for their fans and viewers to play in. We’re making it easy for streamers to find sponsors for their events by automatically providing them with a list of companies willing to sponsor the event and give away prizes like merchandise, digital experiences (for example, playing with the streamer during their stream), free trials, and much more.

Our mission is to make esports competitions available to all gamers and we’re working with streamers to make that happen. Now, anyone can compete in tournaments with games like Fortnite, League of Legends, PUBG, and CS:GO..

Hayatech

Hayatech

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Hayatech is a SAAS and connected hardware platform that fosters an ecosystem around wellness through wearables, gamification, and rewards.

memoryOS

memoryOS

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Ed-tech startup developing innovative gamified e-learning software to help people significantly improve their memory

Quokka

Quokka

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Quokka is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) employee engagement platform that transforms how companies approach people strategy. We have designed two modules – engagement and performance management modules that empower managers with the tools and insights to engage their staff and keep them productive even in remote setting.

During the Covid19 pandemic, management are facing increasing challenges to keep their people engaged and productive remotely. Many have foreseen the WFH/flexible work arrangement becoming the new normal and there is a huge demand for a digital engagement solution to deal with these changes and shape the new workplace culture..

XRL

XRL

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Sports League

StriveCloud

StriveCloud

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Scalable Gamification Software

Clarila

Clarila

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Making learning delightful !

bountyblok.io

bountyblok.io

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bountyblok.io is a gamification platform used by third-party applications to create challenges and tasks that easily integrate with their existing product. Implementing gaming mechanics into applications highly motivates and promotes user engagement.

The software written by bountyblok.iouses real world cases of gamification as a design guide, and the team works first hand with the applications it supports to continually evolve the functionality. bountyblok.iosupports the most used programming languages (C#, Python, PHP, Javascript, etc).

Finally, the product leverages the power of the blockchain to provide a state of the art Software as a Service.. .

zeteoh

zeteoh

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Bring daily physical activities into your mobile games with the power of AI. Without any additional knowledge nor specific hardware other than a simple smartphone, our solution enables you to easily gamify daily physical activities on mobiles.

Our technology makes the AI running directly on users smartphones, which reinforces the privacy and makes our API more reliable.. .

Gamifiera

Gamifiera

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Gamifiera offers a loyalty platform with gamification elements and Community functionality.

Gacha World - Shopping & Games

Gacha World – Shopping & Games

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Gacha World provides a new shopping experience which focuses on gaming rather than buying itself. The exciting experience of the Japanese Gacha capsule machine comes to your phone! Play a variety of gacha machines to win points.

Then, use those points in the shop, where you’ll find an array of unique products imported from Japan—including stationery, anime & hobby goods, and more! Then, get your stuff shipped right to your door!. .

American Truck Exchange

American Truck Exchange

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At American Truck Exchange, we’re constantly working around the clock to provide an interactive supply chain platform for all transportation professionals. Our platform is a mobile app that works to: Reduce driver churn, Faster Load Payments, Suggest safety resolutions, Provide partnerships, Advance new driver training & Create driver perks, Provide an overall quality of life into the transportation industry.

Unlike normal load boards & truck sales websites, you get same-day payments and instant truck options. You also get points that you can redeem partnership items.

(Discount Gas, etc) The transportation industry is suffering from driver churn/shortage and cash flow problems. Businesses in our platform space only want to handle the load board.

They’re not focused on the payments or marketing opportunities presented within our logistics space. We notice a lot of components overlap, and it’s best to automated options for a better supply chain..

Applihub

Applihub

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Hiring and recruiting platform

FINGAME

FINGAME

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Las apps de finanzas personales son aburridas, por eso creamos FINGAME. Tus finanzas tendrán lugar dentro de MoneyWorld, donde habitan personajes que te desafiarán a progresar y desbloquear beneficios en relación a Gastos, Ahorros, Inversión, Créditos y Seguros.

FINGAME es el primer juego fintech de México. Habilidades, niveles de experiencia, misiones, recompensas y desafíos con amigos..

Anywhere Outside

Anywhere Outside

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Pokémon Go for Outdoor Sports

Stokey

Stokey

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Stokey is a SaaS solution allowing to deploy game principles in company day-to-day business processes

AHA Platform Inc

AHA Platform Inc

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AHA Platform Inc is an IaaS (infrastructure as a service) platform that replaces human based observation of students’ academic, athletic and behavior performance and applied gamification to empower institutions and teachers to provide a personalized and holistic education for the students. The very high student-to teacher ratios around the world with the added fact of decreasing number of qualified people opting for teaching careers, the schools and sports centers are unable to provide the same level of collective growth to the students.

AHA Platform aims to replace these human based observations to assist academicians and coaches in providing tailored programs for students, athletes and military programs. This is achieved using non-privacy invading automated sensors and data collection technologies together with a strong gamification platform for teachers and coaches so that they can give a student personalized training and education..

Hura App

Hura App

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HURA, software and app that manages learning, performance and work well-being through video games adapted to the reality of our clients. How does it work? Simple, we make a script of the client’s procedures, which we later integrate into our platform, with the aim of validating competencies in a fast, versatile and entertaining way using the game based learning (GBL) methodology.

We also retain and motivate collaborators as they can exchange their points for PRIZES.. .

CloudWhale

CloudWhale

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Cloudwhale offers an organized site to play a wide variety of games in order to improve the quality of life for people with a disability.

Graaly

Graaly

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Graaly is a mobile application (iOS / Android) dedicated to escape games company or individuals who wants to create escape games outside the rooms. You can create a game in a museum, in a company for a team building, in a city, on skiing slopes, …

The creation studio is really easy to use, and provide many tools to create your own customized experience (augmented reality, image recognition, geolocation, jigsaw puzzles, …). You can even interact with real life objects (open a chest or a door, …)..

8BitCortex

8BitCortex

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8BitCortex helps people to visualize their wellness journey through simple, gamified assessments.

Flying Chappal Studios

Flying Chappal Studios

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FCS is an edtech company that produces educational games for desktops & gaming computers.

KAYR

KAYR

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KAYR is a community-building platform that aims to create stronger, more active & supportive communities. Although it has applications in a number of verticals, our ideal customers are student unions (with whom we are currently building KAYR out for pilots at three Canadian universities), and our present focus is on addressing the significant problem of student (dis-)engagement with our technology.

And in terms of the tech itself, we use a unique combination of concepts, but most notably a block-chain inspired system to gamify student interactions & reward students for getting involved at their schools… For instance, with KAYR, there is an online hub for students to get involved in co-curricular university life, such as to find student union events, join societies, connect with peers if needing/ wanting to give help, complete wellness challenges & more.

And as students engage, there’s rewards from their student unions to recognize/ reward their involvement!. .

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