News From Your hosts here at Alteil, Apocoplay LLC
Written by Logress   
Sunday, 05 May 2013 02:18

The Apocoplay Team is proud to announce that our company has been selected as a semi-finalist in the annual Masschallenge small company startup contest. We’ve created a business model for expanding as a game company and will be pitching it to judges who are mostly entrepreneurs themselves. Now, being a semi-finalist is an honor (and to be honest, just getting this far was our goal and anything more is gravy), but to put it in prospective there are over 300 semi-finalists, so it’s not quite time to break out the Champaign just yet. Although I’ll tell you what, if we make it to the next stage I’ll give every user two random 5-stars to celebrate (and then come up with another way to celebrate even more for the stage after that) and unlike with all that Gpara stuff we’re not asking you to vote for us 80 times… all we’re asking for is for you to wish us luck! Now, I’m sure you have some questions…

Q) This makes it sound like Apcooplay is a game company and not an Alteil company. Are you cheating on us with other games?

A) No (not yet, anyway), Masschallenge is for startups, meaning it;s more about what you plan to be than (or can prove you could be) than what you are. And yes, we would like to grow, and expand, have multiple games and multiple revenue streams and all that. If we can prove this is possible to a panel of judges, they well help us get the funding to make that happen. And funding is good, it will give us the resources for a number of things, such as keeping a bigger staff of programmers and overall, make building the next version Alteil a lot easier (and awesome-er). Yes, we’d be worrying about multiple games instead of one if we grow, but there will be lot more of us doing the worrying and we’ll have more specialists and experts. It would definitely be a big, big benefit to Alteil.

Q) You’re trying to get Funding? But those prizes don’t look like a lot of money for a fine upstanding company like yourself, why bother?

A) The prize money is nice (and we run super lean so it would be a lot for us) but winning or even just doing well in the Masschallenge will make a huge different in getting other forms of funding, like loans or Angel Investors. It’s a big step.

Q) Are you tossing all your digital eggs in this basket? If you lose, will it be the end of life, the universe, and everything?

A) Like I said above, our goal was pretty much just to make the semi-finals. We’re pragmatic people when it comes to this kind of thing, and being part of the Masschallenge contest has given us inexpensive office space, access to mentors (and lawyers, etc) and a bunch of other perks (discounts on development software, that kind of thing) that have already saved us more time and money than entering has cost us. So, we will do our best and it would be crazy awesome and accelerate things if we won, but we are in no way depending on it.