Startup Spotlight #181: DreamWorld
DreamWorld is a gamified Digital World where people come to socialize, create, and play. Think modern Minecraft MMO.
In the wake of the pandemic, two childhood best friends, who used to spend every second of their lives in the world of creative and social MMO games, embarked on the journey of building something beyond their wildest dreams. They deeply believed in a digital world that would be more than just a video game, but an extension of someone's physical life into a digital creative social adventure. As COVID has changed our daily lives by keeping people distant and at home, people crave more outlets for their imaginations, to build, and to be unlimited. Introducing DreamWorld, the first Metaverse created for builders, by builders.
Garrison and Zachary Kaplan co-founded DreamWorld with the vision to design a universe of endless possibilities, whether you build a castle, hang out with friends, or set out on an adventure. What matters most is that you live and build your own dream. While other MMO games put you on a predefined path of story progression, DreamWorld empowers you to pursue whatever you desire with simple, powerful tools, and skills you develop in your adventures. Connect with friends old and new in a digital universe, and build something extraordinary together no matter how many miles you are apart. Dive into adventures with your peers, traveling like you used to in the real world, and also through incredible realms you’ve only ever seen in your dreams. There is no fantasy too small, too far, or too grand as long as you define and build your own dream world.
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Startup Spotlight: DreamWorld
Problem: In the wake of the pandemic, people are more isolated than ever, and looking to socialize with other people from the comfort of their homes. Furthermore, for people that want a creative hobby, there aren’t many fun options.
Market: DreamWorld falls into the Gaming sector which has a Total Addressable Market of $86B in the US and $198B globally.
Solution: DreamWorld is a massive digital world where everyone creates together. Think Minecraft or Roblox, a platform where players create, except one immersive social world.
Team: DreamWorld is currently a 7 person team. We’re a mix of software engineers and game developers with members from Google, Apple, and Intel as well as a Game Designer and Game Development professor.
Bellack: DreamWorld, both as a world and as a team, has made incredible leaps and bounds in its single year of Alpha development. One year ago, DreamWorld players would log in to an uninspiring, barren landscape that Zach and I had put together to test basic game mechanics and concepts. A year later, DreamWorld has fantastically beautiful forests, dramatic deserts, treacherous tundra, magnificent mountains, and wondrous watery depths. The land, which is 7 times larger by area than World of Warcraft’s entire world of Azeroth, is filled with player-created builds and experiences. The team has swelled from 2 to 13, a mix of full-time and part-time, and we’re about to add another member. The passion, dedication, and excitement of the team is immense and centered around both our enjoyment of working together, as well as our development roadmap, which is filled with years worth of industry-pioneering technical feats, and inspiring world-building.
Bellack: We launched a Kickstarter campaign just 2 months after we created the company. The response to our displaying the vision for DreamWorld was staggering. Suddenly we had 5 million people searching for DreamWorld, all finding the pre-Alpha showcasing basic game mechanics, and not the fleshed out world that we were presenting as our development goal! We then had some YouTubers take advantage of the situation and use us as a content vessel for their communities centered around criticizing developers. While we received a lot of hate, people saying we were incapable of accomplishing our vision, we’ve persevered and are on track for a release later this year.
Bellack: Firstly you must have thick skin. You will have people telling you your idea is wrong. They may even be right! However, if your idea was obvious and easy, it would have been done already. Secondly, stay focused on developing your product. It’s incredibly hard to work 80+ hours every week year after year. However, too many entrepreneurs get distracted by things such as networking, social media, or telling people why their idea is great. If you’re not spending a majority of your time developing your product during the early stages of your company, consider if it’s truly the best use of your time.
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