Nobody expects the Kittypocalypse

Bo Bennekov from Bolverk Games tells of his and his team’s experience in a brand new field: VR games and how to deal with investors.

 

The VR games market is still quite small, but with the arrival of the Occulus Rift, PlayStation VR and Rift among others, it is bound to get going before long. One of the games that is currently being played heavily is Bolverk Games’ Kittypocalypse, a tower defense game where the player gets attacked by, you guessed it, kitty-cats. It started its life in a small living room, Bo Bennekov explains:

“At one point, we sat four guys around a tiny table where we literally had to coordinate our leg movements, so no one got kicked,” he says, smiling.

In November of 2015, Bolverk Games got some money from the outside, when an investor got involved in the company and Kittypocalypse. And from that, Bo Bennekov and his colleagues learned a number of things, here are some of them:

  • First of all, it takes a lot of time to deal with investors. Nothing happens overnight.
  • Second of all, you should have a plan ready for when you get the investment. How do we spend the money? Who do we hire? That sort of thing.
  • When you get the investment and the company starts growing, you should have a person in the team, who deals with that and that alone.
  • When setting your deadlines, adjust for the increase in scope that an influx of money bring into the project.

While the VR market is still small, there is no doubt that we haven’t heard the last from neither Bolverk or the VR goggles.