This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best PC Games startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the PC 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 PC Games Startups
Z League is a skill-based Call of Duty Warzone tournament platform. It uses a proprietary ranking algorithm that collects all of the player’s warzone stats to sort teams into divisions.
Z League Inc was founded in 2020 by Lucas Pellan and Robbie Schneidman.. .
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.. .
Riot Squad Esports is a professional esports organization building the next generation of future professional esports for gamers. It maintains teams in CS:GO, Fortnite, Rainbow Six: Siege, Apex Legends, and PUBG, and also has a two-person “Twitch Squad.
They believe in putting their players first, competing at the highest level, and never compromising their values. Riot Squad Esports was founded in March 2019 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL, USA..
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.. .
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..
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..
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.. .
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..
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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.. .
Qatar’s First and Largest PC Gaming Component and Accessories Retailer and E-Shop. Store 974 is the exclusive distributor and/or representative of brands such as DeepCool, NZXT, CableMod, EKWB, AeroCool, TecWare, GPD, MSI, Zotac, PNY, Razer, Logitech, Thermal Grizzly, Dragon Ware, ThermalTake, Arctic, and many others.
It’s first flagship store opened in March of 2019 in The Gate Mall, with it’s second branch opening shortly after within Virtuocity, one of the region’s biggest Gaming Arenas. Store974 also launched the nation’s first PC parts online store.
The retailer’s shopping experience is quite unique with a dedicated build bar where customers can assemble their pcs free of charge with access to their entire toolkit.. .
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..
Players of video games are super-talented. The global labour market needs those skills.
Game Academy bridges the two. The venture is an alumni of the LocalGlobeVC/Atomico/London School of Economics-supported ZincVC venture builder programme; a member of the U.K.
Department for Education/NESTA CareerTech Challenge and UfI VocSeed Tech 2020 portfolio.. .
ArtForge Ltd. is a new gaming studio from Bulgaria.
We are at early stages of development of our first game, called Realms of Eternity. Our team is an international one and we work with professionals from all around the world.
We graduated the program of Founder Institute in January 2020 with the second highest grade and now we are part of their network. Several investors are expecting to see more from us, in order to decide whether or not we are worth investing in.
We are currently recruiting and expanding our team. On our website you will find detailed information about the game we are developing, plus examples of our Lore, work-in-progress concepts and music.
We are currently updating the website and adding additional information that could help our customers understand the story of our game. Furthermore, on our Facebook fan page you will find the latest concepts our artists have developed..
Graewolv is a development studio based in Europe, founded by industry veterans. The dev team consists of experienced professionals with an unwavering drive and one common goal – to make great games with market potential.
Games that are fun and engaging, games with edge that yet appeal to a larger audience – but without following every industry trend.. .
HoboLoco is an innovator in foot-operated controllers for playing video games, exploring virtual reality and more! Our patented invention is an intuitive, natural, and effortless foot-controller. It enables those with upper limb differences, tremors, arthritis or carpel tunnel to participate in one of the world’s most popular activities.
For others it can help them win more and have lots of fun and take some load off the wrists and fingers. Our goal is that the adoption of our foot controller in gaming will be as the adoption of drum pedals which occurred as a result of the invention of the spring-loaded bass pedal by the Ludwig brothers over 100 years ago..
ZaziPlay is a new software platform that allows people to rent high-quality computer games over the internet. By installing their gaming app, customers can use their existing TVs, laptops, PCs and mobile devices to play outstanding PC games without compromising on quality.
These games that typically require a PC or console are streamed over the internet from remote game servers, eliminating the need to buy additional hardware. ZaziPlay was founded in June 2019 and is based in Giv’atayim, Tel Aviv, Israel..