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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.

162

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.

132

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

129

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.

118

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

117

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

105

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

104

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

103

 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.

102

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.

100

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.

98

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

98

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.

97

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

97

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

96

A video game for learning how to program

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

93

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.

92

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

89

a wearable device that plays video games

86

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

85

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

85

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.

84

A Facebook-like chat app for gamers

84

In-person job recruitment turned into a crowdsourced game.

82

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

81

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

80

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.”

80

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.

80

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

77

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

75

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

75

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.

74

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

73

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

72

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.

72

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.

71

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

71

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

71

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

70

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

70

"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."

70

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

67

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

66

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

65

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

65

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

64

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.

60

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.

59

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.

58

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

55

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.

54

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

53

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

51

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

51

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.

51

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

50

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.

50

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

50

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.

49

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.

49

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.

48

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

48

A tool for making your own video games

48

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

47

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.

44

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

44

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.

44

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

43

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

43

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

43

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

43

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.

42

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

41

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

41

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

38

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

37

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.

37

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

37

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.

37

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

35

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

35

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.

35

 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.

35

A live-streaming platform, focused on video games.

34

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

34

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

33

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.

33

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.

32

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.

32

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

28

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

28

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.

26

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

25

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

21

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

20

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.

17

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

17

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.

17

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

17

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.

16

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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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.

14

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.

13

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.

13

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

12

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

11

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.

11

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.

11

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

11

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

10

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

10

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.

10

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

9

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.

9

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

7

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.

5

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

5

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

4

Idea: A game that teaches you how to code

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

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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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