Welcome back again!
If you have read the previous posts, you might (or not) already know that we are just the 3 of us: 1 programmer and 2 artists. And perhaps you wonder: “Why would you want to start a game studio with just 3 persons?” and well, I will try to answer that question in this post!
The first and probably the foremost reason is that not everybody is willing to start from the bottom up, taking the risks we do. You have to be realistic about these things, we might as well work on a game for a year without an income from what we do and fail hard in the end! This is a very realistic situation and for most rather scary. In all honesty, it scares me too, but I made my choice. However we do have a bit of an advantage right now. All 3 of us are still in college and although we can’t commit full time to what we want, we can spare 1 or 2 days working on it, but more on that later.
So, why are just the 3 of us are involved in making this company a realization? There are several reasons: Taking the first reason into account, there aren’t many people willing to take the risk and with that, I wanted to start up with people I know, people I know that are able to do the things they need to do and whom can work with one another. This might sound a bit unrealistic if we ever want to expand, but in that case, we will still have the luxury of approaching people and deciding for ourselves if we want them or not (whether they want to is, of course, a whole other thing).
We did try to get more people involved though, people who we thought (and still think!) we could work with. The problem was, that they didn’t stick. They grew some other ambition, thought they would fall out of the boat or simply wanted something else. After we had our share of failed cooperations, we decided to just stick with the 3 of us.
Next to that, we also decided to stick with an odd number. Why? You might think to yourself. It came to us when we had a presentation from the people of Kalydo. They gave a presentation at our college about setting up a business and they told their story. Afterwards Robert and me had a nice one on one (2 on 3 actually) conversation about some tips for starting up. One of those tips was to start with an uneven number of people. The reason they gave us, which seems very logical, is that you will get into some argument about something which you don’t all agree on and it would be a good thing to cast a vote, which will gave you an ultimate result if you have an uneven amount of people casting the vote!
One of the other reasons, which is more of a personal thing than a fact (it might be, I don’t know), is that it feels right when it comes to owning a company. Although we haven’t decided yet about what kind of company we want it to be in terms of legal reasoning, 3 co-founders just feels right, 4 might do, but 5 feels a like it is a bit too many. I might miss something that would make it more obvious to start with 5, but so far we’re managing just fine (although the big steps are yet to be taken!).
I’m sure we are not the only ones that started with 3 persons and we’ll see if it was the right choice, but so far so good it seems. We’re all on the same line of what we want and we are confident that we can launch a successful project. Whether it will be successful to the masses is of course another thing, but we’re talking about cooperation here, which will be the main test for our first project. I will go into more detail about that in a later post: What we are aiming for in our first project!
Hope you enjoyed reading and hopefully until next post!