Skunkape Interactive

In 2011, while Will was still in high school, he and three of his friends were creating mods for their favorite game. They quickly learned that their ambitions were based on an unrealistic end result + consequently never completed the mod. They did, however, learn a good deal about game design, and each of them became enthralled by a different facet of the industry. Their interests complemented each other and they turned to creating their very own games from scratch. After some fun, wonky and totally incomplete “games,” they finally completed and released their first game “ROOT” on Steam late in 2015. Shortly after the release of ROOT, they made a small foray into virtual reality with their game DEADLOCK. Although they had a lot of fun creating a game for VR, they missed the endless landscapes, deeper narrative, and precise combat of desktop gaming. Their current project, DENIZEN, has brought them back to PC + is pushing their limits to raise the bar in every way. They are confident their new title will be on an entirely new level for them.

What is your business? We are a team of video game developers + create video games from scratch.

Who are your clients? We distribute games to players worldwide digitally through Steam.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? The creative freedom to build anything we choose and tell any kind of story without restraint.

What are some business wins? The biggest wins for us so far have been releasing our first two titles “ROOT” and “DEADLOCK” on Steam.

What are your business goals? Our primary goal moving forward is to create better games and fully explore games as an interactive art form.

How has Catapult helped you? Catapult provides me with a great place to work free from distraction… and plenty of coffee.

What was the hardest part of starting your business? Learning the many technical complexities of video game development and design.

Three wishes for your startup? More time to build games. More time to study games. More time to play games.

Why Lakeland? I, along with all of my partners, grew up in Lakeland and have deep connections with family and friends in this community.

What is your Secret Sauce? Attention to detail. My team and I spend hours hashing over every seemingly insignificant detail of the experience we are creating. From the shade of green on a leaf to the number of milliseconds it takes to reload your weapon. Details are everything.

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