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đź’ˇ Converting ads into in-game currency, which can then be used to buy items in the game

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An algorithm that tells you how to play games like Solitaire: FreeCell, Spider Solitaire, and Hearts

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A startup focused on the creation of multiplayer games on mobile and web, building on the success of multiplayer games like Candy Crush and Clash of Clans.

169

A video games-focused startup that has created a “fitness tracker” for gamers. It’s a patch that attaches to a gamer’s sleeve and tracks their movements in real time while they play.

152

A free-to-play multiplayer game that takes the concept of the game of chess, and applies it to social networking.

136

A platform for sharing and monetizing video. The startup’s goal is to apply the videos of YouTube stars to the video game and movie industries.

125

A startup that is looking to build a new type of gaming platform that will provide a more social experience for gamers.

125

A game that uses blockchain technology to make it easier for users to bet on the NFL

115

This online service lets people learn Spanish and English through games and video, and allows people to play games with a partner. It’s currently running in beta in the US.

113

A startup that uses AI to make video games more accessible to colorblind people

112

Idea: A platform for making, distributing and monetizing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) games The company says it’s already built over a dozen AR and VR games and is currently monetizing them through app stores, advertising, premium content, and in-app purchases

112

A visual way to understand what your network of friends and contacts are doing, which the startup says will eventually include things like board games, sports, and other group activities.

111

 This startup wants to bring a lot of the Nintendo-style collectible card game experience to startups, allowing them to create teams and battle each other in person or online.

107

This is a game that teaches players about the history of transportation, from the earliest days of the wheel to the present. The game has been played over 100 million times.

106

An iOS app that aims to help parents build their own kid-friendly games.

106

A video game for learning how to program

103

A company that builds “smart in-app advertising” for mobile games.

102

A school for coding that’s also a game development school.

101

A Facebook-like chat app for gamers

101

A video and virtual reality game where you play as a character from the universe of "My Little Pony" and create an avatar. The startup is looking for a partner to help fund its effort to create a game, which started in November.

100

The company is building a “game-ified” way for advertisers to target game-players. It hopes to use this game-oriented targeting to draw more eyeballs to gaming.

99

A platform for developers to easily build and monetize AR/VR apps and games.

99

A video game that encourages players to learn English. The game is web-only and currently in its beta phase.

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The startup wants to show people the right stores in their area to buy virtual goods, like video games, virtual pets, and more.

95

a wearable device that plays video games

92

In-person job recruitment turned into a crowdsourced game.

92

A game where you play a healer and have to heal your friends from the shadow that is chasing them

89

A mobile game startup that’s building a “gameplay engine” that is meant to help game developers build games with better artificial intelligence.

89

A company that makes a video game that helps teach people about mental health.

89

A startup that wants to add interactive games to a TV broadcast of a big game, and bring sports fans to the game and keep them engaged for longer than the halftime show.

87

A startup that wants to build a predictive analytics platform that analyses video to determine what’s going on in the game. It’s good for fantasy leagues and betting.

86

This company’s founders were previously in the gaming industry, and want to help make that industry more inclusive. The startup is building a platform to help game developers with user acquisition and retention by building in features for “people of color, women, and LGBTQ people.”

86

A company that will allow you to stream your favorite TV show to any TV device in your house. The company is building a platform to stream video from any streaming platform to any device, including TVs, computers, game consoles, mobile phones, tablets, and anything else that can play video.

85

A toolkit that allows developers to add in-game social features to their games and make them more accessible to players.

84

Mobile game company that breaks down the barriers of digital games as toys.

83

A new way to interact with your friends on Facebook. It’s a messaging app that lets you play games and compete against your friends.

82

A startup that’s building an AI assistant for Chinese gamers.

82

A venture-backed startup that builds customized video games for e-commerce, boutiques and retail.

80

A startup for digital games, where players can earn money for playing games. Currently in beta. What’s interesting is that they’re trying to make it legal to use virtual currencies, which is a relatively new idea.

80

A platform that helps brands build a mobile game, a video, a mobile app and a mobile website all from one tool.

79

A gaming platform that connects developers and gamers. It’s a community-driven platform that connects gamers to developers.

79

A video-game startup that is building a platform that allows users to create and monetize their own mobile games. The company has been working on the idea for over two years, and is now ready to launch.

77

A startup marketing app for apps with mobile games, created by the team behind the popular mobile game Clash Royale.

77

An in-app survey tool that helps users of mobile games collect feedback on their game experience

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This company is building a platform for game developers to get feedback from fans and their communities, and earn money in the process.

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"We're trying to make a video game about men and women," Pachter says. "It's about gender equality. It's a game about how men and women are treated differently, and how that might be changed."

77

A startup that wants to collaborate on a shared games platform and community.

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In 2016, the company was featured in a Wired article titled "The $10 Million Game That Can Change Your Life," and has been covered in articles in Fast Company, Forbes, Business Insider, and The Economist.

74

A startup that says it’s building a “game-changing” artificial intelligence for virtual reality.

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App that helps you play games against your friends and pick up where you left off on your phone

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A tool for designers and developers to build games from scratch.

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An AI-powered analytics engine for games that helps developers understand players. The startup is trying to revolutionize the way game developers track and analyze their players.

70

A coworking space that offers amenities like yoga, a well-stocked pantry, and games.

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A platform for video-game developers to track what their players are doing and monitor their progress.

69

A platform that helps app developers create games that can be played from mobile and web.

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A game a la “Whack-a-mole” that’s designed to help people get out of their own way. It’s designed to help people get past their own limitations to help them focus on the things that matter most in their lives.

68

A startup that wants to teach young people in the developing world about money management and financial literacy. It hopes to do this through written workbooks, games, and a messaging platform that supports peer-to-peer learning.

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A startup that makes a game that helps people learn how to code and write programs in custom languages. The one-time investment is $50, and it’s currently in a private beta.

65

A new social network for individuals to discuss board games, with a gamified system that rewards users for participation.

64

A team that says it’s building the “Netflix for video game streaming”. The startup is building a platform that allows game developers to sell their games through smart contracts that can be easily integrated into other platforms.

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Image-based gaming that’s “a big, open world role playing game experience” that lets you explore and interact with other players.

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This company is working on a game that is played with a custom-designed physics engine.

62

A video game that lets players control a character with special abilities (think superhero powers) to dodge obstacles, solve puzzles, and defeat enemies. Players can share their progress with other players online.

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This is an app that helps people practice the piano through video lessons and games. The company is part of the Y Combinator Winter 2016 batch.

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A way to allow people to get paid to play games. People earn money by playing games online or via streaming.

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A “Call of Duty-style” shooter game that lets players earn real money playing the game.

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Platform for making apps in the form of games, by having users build a game from a set of instructions.

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This is a 3D blockchain game built on the Ethereum blockchain. The game pits users against each other, where they compete for virtual game cards and battle for blockchain-based prizes.

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A company that lets people create their own online social network, complete with games and community features.

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A game show-style app that lets you experience NFL football as a fan in real-time.

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A startup for recording and sharing gameplay footage, enabling faster, more accurate collaborations between developers and players.

55

A startup that is looking to build a toolset for e-commerce and inventory based on the principles of the game “Magic: The Gathering”.

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The company behind the $500,000 World Cup prize pool, FanDuel is building a baseball-based fantasy game. FanDuel has a head start in the US and UK, but will need to grow in other countries to have an impact.

54

The company wants to be the “Uber of the day game”.

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The company wants to make it easier for people to sell their old games online with a digital storefront, and also make it easier for people to get paid when they find bugs in games.

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A library of video games and other media that you can stream online

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This startup is building a platform for brands and agencies to build and customize mobile games with the goal of making it easier for brands to leverage the power of mobile.

54

A tool for making your own video games

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A toolbox and SDK that helps web and mobile developers build mobile games, apps, and e-learning experiences. The company has about 1,300 customers building over 200 apps and games, with over 30 acquisitions in the past two years.

53

This is a “personal assistant” that helps you game on your phone. The company focuses on helping gamers track their progress and keep up with their friends.

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 A tool that allows you to manage your money like a board game

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A wearable device that uses a sensor to measure how much CO2 each person is emitting. The startup is looking to reinvent the carbon footprint game by working with employers to offer discounts to employees who can reduce their emissions.

49

A visual and auditory learning platform that enables users to learn through games, videos and images.

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A new product from the startup behind Ustream and Twitch, which helps people livestream live video games.

49

A gamification startup that wants to take the traditional business school process of teaching sales techniques and make it more gamelike.

48

The startup is building a “digital” version of the traditional “mystery” game, with a new spin on the game: The game is a multiplayer one where players build their own “mystery” board, where they can use AI to give clues to each other.

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 Founded in 2013, QuizUp is a trivia game where you compete against others for high scores. The startup has raised $1.5 million and is now making its way into Asia.

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A platform that uses AI to predict the outcome of games, similar to a sportsbook and Vegas odds.

47

A platform for books, movies, games, and TV shows to be sold online. They’re a startup of a publishing company, who are using it to build their digital catalog.

47

Indiagames is a venture backed company that is building technology to help Indian game developers and publishers grow their market.

45

A tool for selling digital products with a drag-and-drop interface, focused on ebooks and video games.

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A live-streaming platform, focused on video games.

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A way to track every action you take on your phone — from every app, to every game, to every message you send — and turn it into a data-driven game engine that lets you play games without the need for a giant library of content.

42

A way to put together a video game out of a collection of assets.

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A suite of tools that lets a user create a virtual avatar, and then control their character in a game.

42

A platform for curating and distributing mobile games. The startup is focused on games that are designed for touchscreens, though they reference other platforms, such as Facebook’s Messenger and Apple’s iMessage.

41

A platform for staying on top of news about your favorite games.

41

A platform for online video game tournaments, which offers tournaments, community features, and a virtual currency system.

41

A startup that can help you set up multiplayer games with friends for the iPhone.

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A platform that allows brands to create branded mobile games, using the client side tools, and connect them to their existing web site.

41

A video game that teaches how to drive a car. Players control a virtual car and drive around a course, following the rules of the road, and avoiding obstacles such as other cars and pedestrians. The game is meant for the very beginning of novice drivers, teaching them to drive without the risk of crashing.

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Startups with a focus on the small business market are a regular feature of Y Combinator, and this one is a real game-changer. EnviroFinder collects data from multiple sources and makes it easy for businesses to see how they rank in their local market, then take that information and “re-market” it to their customers on websites they’ve built. The idea is to help entrepreneurs win at the local level in a way that doesn’t rely on expensive and time-consuming in-person events.

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A startup that lets anyone buy a pair of tickets to a concert or sports game.

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A platform for building mobile games that lets you generate data for your game via crowd-sourcing.

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A platform for building interactive, multiplayer games that can be played without the need for a screen. Prototyped with a game called “Truck Stop.”

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A social network that allows users to chat and play games with their friends who are currently hanging out in the physical world. Users can also play games against friends at home, meanwhile.

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A tool that lets you manage your favorite video games via their Steam API, allowing you to edit, create, and share with friends.

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A platform for managing in-app purchases in iOS games.

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A mobile game that allows users to create their own character and battle it out with others

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A tool that helps users to create and edit their own “competition packs” of decks for a given game, which they then use to play against friends or strangers online.

27

Visual Search is a tool that lets you create and share visual search results, like a game of connect the dots. The app lets users create their own visual search queries by dragging and dropping different images. It’s currently in private beta testing in the UK.

25

The company helps streamers make money by renting out their Twitch channels. For example, the company will help streamer joan_j. make a living by helping her stream her game and get paid in advance for it.

25

A startup that helps users register for local events, including concerts, art shows, meetups, and sports games. The startup is growing quickly, with over 30,000 events registered in the past year.

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A startup making a web app that lets users build and play games. Users can create new levels and share them on the platform. The site also has a marketplace for users to sell their games.

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A company that helps developers build games on blockchain, including a set of tools that let them build games without needing to deal with cryptography.

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This company is constructing a virtual reality gaming platform for users to play games together in a virtual world.

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Free-to-play game that’s essentially a “Neverwinter Nights” clone, allowing players to create their own character and craft their own story. Their goal is to allow players to create entirely unique experiences. The game will launch on Steam later this year.

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This startup is building an enterprise search platform for businesses that want to up their search game.

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A digital representation of a physical card game for the internet, replacing the physical card deck with a virtual one. The startup’s founder says they’re close to the top 500 in the iPhone app store. They have a few hundred users.

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An API for the video game community and video game streaming platform Twitch.

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A game of strategy that’s similar to the popular board game of the same name, but with all of the complex rules of video games. Players will compete to collect the most points by trading, farming, and battling each other.

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A platform for developing video games and other digital content. They're hiring a CEO to grow the company and have plans to expand from the Bay to LA, New York and beyond.

21

A startup that helps people learn new languages faster. The startup is focused on game-like exercises that users play while they learn the language. The app also tracks the user's progress and gives them tools to practice.

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The company’s vision is to make the process of creating a video game “as simple as making a PowerPoint presentation”. It wants to make video game creation accessible to non-programmers, and today’s software for that is too difficult to use.

20

Video game streaming service that helps customers play their own game against other users, using “bots” to create artificial opponents.

20

This startup is building a video game streaming service, where people can watch others play games on Twitch or YouTube.

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Team managing the creation of a digital version of a physical game. Started as a team working on video games, it now has a mobile game in production, with the goal of using the startup’s technology to expand into a broader gaming experience.

20

A startup that turns your phone into a virtual reality unit, letting you stream VR videos and games from your phone to your headset.

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A company building an open toolkit for building virtual reality games.

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A startup that sells a subscription service where you can rent a video game, but also buy a physical copy of the video game

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A company that makes in-app sales in mobile games. Their software makes it easy for game developers to manage in-app sales in their games.

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(BETA) A social network, which takes the form of a game, where users can win rewards for answering questions.

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In this partnership, the startup will create a “pay-to-play” service, which will enable users to pay for online gaming and other entertainment without having to play the games themselves. The startup will then gain access to the user’s data.

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A web-based version of the popular strategy game “The Settlers of Catan”.

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A startup that wants to use AI to help you get into shape by using real-time feedback to turn your workout into a game.

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A maker of arcade-style games for iOS, with games including “Paintball” and “Dodgeball”.

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A software platform for high school students to build interactive, video game-style apps.

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This startup is building a global network of sports stadiums. It’s first project is in Brazil, where it is partnering with an insurance company to run a stadium that hosts games for the local soccer league. The startup is also working with a real estate developer to build a sports stadium in China.

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A startup for buying and selling virtual goods such as in-game items, digital downloads, and subscription services. The startup wants to make it easier for people to buy and sell virtual goods.

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A live-action game that lets users watch their characters interact with the real world and interact with others through the game

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A platform for creating, sharing, and selling branded virtual goods in games like Overwatch.

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A video game that helps users learn about the world’s major religions

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A startup that helps brands and developers build mobile video games. Their platform easily integrates with existing games and offers a suite of tools for onboarding, publishing, and monetizing.

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A company that is building a “micropayment” system for mobile games, which allows players to “purchase” virtual resources without having to go through a full transaction. The idea is that it could help games that otherwise wouldn’t be able to monetize with the current payment systems.

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A startup that makes it possible to create and sell virtual goods and services within games and other apps. The startup has recently raised $5 million.

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A game that lets you make money, buy stock in companies, and play with other people.

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This startup is building a platform that allows people to create custom short-form videos, where viewers can cosplay their favorite video game characters.

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A way to build video games with a minimalist interface, aiming to give designers and programmers a more productive way to develop games.

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A game for mobile device users that uses a game mechanic called “Twilight Syndrome.” The game’s goal is to help users overcome their fears.

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A startup that wants to bring the experience of a video game to investing, where users can earn real money as they invest in various stocks and bonds.

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A startup that helps you play games with friends without giving away all your personal information.

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This is a hardware company that wants to build the ultimate game controller. It’s meant to be a new generation of the Xbox controller, which is a multi-purpose in-game controller with a touchpad and a gyroscope.

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Idea: A startup that is building a mobile app, where you can invite your friends to play games with you, and earn money.

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Idea: A game that teaches you how to code

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A way to charge users for apps and games, presumably at a flat rate.

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Payment app and Points-style rewards platform for mobile gamers.

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Idea: A mobile game that runs in-browser for the browser-based game streaming service The startup basically wants to make a mobile game but instead of building a native iOS or Android app, it can run inside the browser and be streamed to a phone

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Idea: A startup that allows you to make a game with your friends with a few clicks

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Idea: Mycrojobs wants to make job hunting fun with games and prizes It’s a platform for recruiters to manage their hiring pipeline and for job seekers to find jobs

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Idea: A web app that predicts the next card in a Magic: The Gathering game The startup raised $35 million in venture capital and says they have 120,000 active users

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Idea: A startup that makes software to help people with limited mobility enjoy the fantasy roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons.

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Idea: A startup that wants to build a “Netflix for e-sports” video-game streaming platform. It says it’s currently been in beta for a year and has 10,000 users.

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Idea: A platform for streamers to earn money for playing games within Twitch and other apps

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Idea: A social media app that uses a multi-level, multi-person game mechanic to help people try to figure out who in their friend group are the most popular.

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Idea: A startup that wants to get people off the couch and get them playing table tennis. The startup’s primary focus is on what they call “casual players” — people who play recreationally, but don’t want to spend a lot of time practicing to get better. The startup offers lessons on how to play the game online, as well as in-person lessons in San Francisco.

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Idea: Rollup is building a cloud-based solution for authors to publish and sell interactive books. It allows authors to create games, quizzes, and other interactive elements that let readers take a deeper dive into the stories.

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Idea: A startup that makes a smart, wearable sleeve for injured athletes. The startup is meant to help athletes get back into the game faster after an injury. It is manufactured in the US and helps keep athletes safe from further injury.

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A company that makes a mobile app to help people play games and interact with each other using

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