GameTree social network that recommends friends, games, and gaming sessions.
Why is your company the best option to solve the problem you're solving?
Our secret sauce is our massive machine learning curation made possible by users rating many games and taking personality, personal values, and Gamer DNA tests. What enables this unparalleled quantity of data collection is various measures of trust we invoke with our community.
What nuggets of info make you interesting? Why do people care about what you're doing?
- ~200,000 signups with almost no marketing - 32.8% monthly retention among USA mobile users - 50 volunteer moderators - 93% accurate game rating predictions from machine learning - #1 on Google for ""find gamers"", ""find gamer friends"", ""find people to game with"", and more
What else do you want us to know?
The world of gaming is now a $170B industry, much larger than film box office ($42B) and music ($20B) combined. Gaming has many publisher-related social networks such as Steam, Origin, Blizzard, PSN, Wii, Xbox, and many more. But, they are fragmented, unable to cooperate with each other or cater to universal social needs. People like that Facebook has a central friend list with high quality profiles, socializing, and event coordination, but it's gotten too big and un-specific to talk about games on anymore. People are additionally increasingly leaving, no longer trusting or liking the company itself.
BEHIND THE COMPANY
CEO/Founder: John Uke
What inspired you to start/run this company?
After living with my best friends, I moves to a new city after college for my first job. I got really depressed in a lonely cycle of work and solo online gaming. I remembered my most fun and meaningful gaming experiences came from playing with friends- and it was through gaming I'd build most of my friendships themselves. I realized that there needed to be a way not just to find gamers looking to connect, for all games, but to curate those gamers beyond just age/sex/location or demographics, which is what everyone else does. I started GameTree with a vision to consider compatible play styles, values, and personalities as well as prioritizing people with high numbers and proportions of games in common so they will be ongoing friends.
What's the worst entrepreneurial advice you've received?
An advantage of starting a company when you don't feel the direct need allows you to be more objective. Better to be solving a personal problem to last through the challenges.