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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.

149

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

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

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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.

108

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.

106

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

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

93

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.

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 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.

92

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.

92

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.

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

89

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

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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

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A video game for learning how to program

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

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

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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.

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

80

a wearable device that plays video games

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In-person job recruitment turned into a crowdsourced game.

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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.

77

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.

75

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.

74

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

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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.”

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

68

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

68

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

67

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.

67

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.

67

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

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

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

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A Facebook-like chat app for gamers

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

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

63

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

63

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

62

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.

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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."

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

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

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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.

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

55

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

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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.

52

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

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

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

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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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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 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.

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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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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.

43

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

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

43

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.

42

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.

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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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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.

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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 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.

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

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A tool for making your own video games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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A live-streaming platform, focused on video games.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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 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 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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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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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.

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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 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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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 game that teaches you how to code

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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 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 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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