Stepico

Leading Game Development & Art Production Studio

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Stepico is an European game development company with 9+ years of expertise in the industry. We are known for our mobile, PC, and console gaming solutions using Unreal and Unity game engines. Our development services include both full-cycle game development, where we fully manage all aspects of your project, and coverage of individual phases of development, e.g., 2D/3D art production or live game operations.

  • 9 years in the interactive entertainment industry
  • 200+ Professionals and growing
  • 65+ Titles we have worked on

We offer a full suite of Services.

Development:

  • Custom Game Development
  • Mobile Game Development
  • Unity Game Programming
  • Unreal Game Development
  • Live Game Operation
  • Blockchain Games & NFT
  • Dedicated team

Art:

  • Game art production
  • 2D ART
  • 3D ART
  • Game animation
$25 - $49/hr
50 - 249
2014
Locations
United States
136 Madison Avenue, NYC, New York 10016
+1 646-722-3302
Ukraine
Rileeva St, 5,,, 79000, Lviv, Ukraine, Lviv, Lviv 79000
Cyprus
Georgiou Gennadiou 10, Agathangelos Court, Limassol, Limassol 3087

Focus Areas

Service Focus

100%
  • Game Development

Client Focus

70%
30%
  • Small Business
  • Medium Business

Industry Focus

100%
  • Gaming

Stepico Executive Interview

Andrii Titov
Andrii Titov
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Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the organization.
Stepico Games is a game development studio from Europe, specializing in helping our clients deliver full-cycle gaming experiences to end players and working as a reliable partner at every step of the production process. My job as a CEO is to make sure we are making correct decisions to continue providing top-notch services to our partners and a comfortable place to work for employees. My duty is to ensure a prosperous future for our company and the products we create.
What is the story behind starting this company?
The core team at Stepico Games are industry veterans with over 10 of experience. After releasing our first product in 2014, our team decided to scale our expertise to the service market and help others achieve their dream of publishing their own game. As so, we’ve started to gradually grow and constituted Stepico in the late 2010s.
What is your company’s business model–in-house team or third-party vendors/ outsourcing?
We believe in close cooperation and raising our talent, so we work primarily with in-house teams.
How does your company differentiate itself from the competition?
Stepico Games strongly emphasizes a proactive approach, delving deep into our partner's requirements and offering comprehensive consultation throughout our cooperation. We don't merely deliver contracted work but actively guide and meet our clients' needs.
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive? If yes, what ratio of clients has been repetitive to you?
At Stepico, we are only working with video games, iGaming, or gaming/gamification infrastructure. This tight focus allows us to provide services on a top-notch level of delivery, leaving us to enjoy a healthy 35 to 50 percent of returning customers.
Please share some of the services that you offer for which clients approach you the most for?
The expertise of our specialists and the flexibility of our processes allow us to work with the development of games for a wide variety of platforms (mobile, PC, and console), as well as individual art projects (both 2D and 3D).

One of the most common requests we get is for custom/full-cycle game development: the idea of the service is to develop a game for a client from idea to soft launch and production. We receive requests on blockchain game development no less frequently because the portfolio of our company consists of TOP projects in this industry, such as Loaded Lions/Crypto.com, MetaPopit, Guild of Guardians, etc.

We also find LiveOps and game porting trends promising, as they are quickly gaining popularity in the world of game development.
What is your customer satisfaction rate according to you? What steps do you take to cater to your customer’s needs and requirements?
We always meticulously and carefully study clients’ requirements to make sure we understand not only the surface level of what needs to be delivered but also the reasons and aims that the project pursues so we can advise and consult our customers and ensure the successful delivery of the solution.
What kind of support system do you offer to your clients for catering to their queries and issues?
We have a multi-tier communication system for client support. On-going and recently closed projects are supported by our delivery and accounting office, as well as measuring NPS and syncing with top management, where we can record issues and provide support. Apart from that, we provide per-ticket/email support as a part of SLA obligations. We are also open to any informal help requests sent via other channels and try to ensure our clients always feel catered to and at the center of attention.
What kind of payment structure do you follow to bill your clients? Is it Pay per Feature, Fixed Cost, Pay per Milestone (could be in phases, months, versions etc.)
We are very flexible and ready for most kinds of payment structures, depending on the most comfortable way to pay for the client. Fixed Costs are the most common, but we have it all.
Do you take in projects which meet your basic budget requirement? If yes, what is the minimum requirement? If no, on what minimum budget you have worked for?
We are ready to work with small clients, starting from 3k-5k USD for art projects and 15k – 20k USD for full-cycle projects. But we also work in rev-share models that can bring the actual price of the project we’re willing to take down.
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2022?
An interesting question! During our work in the gamedev industry, we have taken on diverse projects in terms of their size and technological stack. The cost of a project is influenced by several factors: the client’s idea, the desired target audience, the genre, the overall concept, and the other requirements. If we are talking about the US segment of clients and their average project sizes, the price will vary between $10k and $1.5m.
Where do you see your company in the next 10 years?
We are actively working towards becoming a trusted international development partner for large IP holders, as well as owning our gaming IPs. We are actively branching out into new services such as publishing and LiveOps support and planning to be a pioneering company in those niches.

Stepico Clients & Portfolios

Key Clients

  • Dreamworks
  • Snapchat
  • Immutable
  • Universal
  • OutPlay
  • Gameloft
  • Yggdrasil
  • Metapopit
  • Guild of Guadrians

Loaded Lions: Mane City
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Loaded Lions: Mane City
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$50001 to $100000
11 weeks
Gaming

Overview
Developed in close collaboration with the Mane City and Cronos SDK teams, and Cronos Labs and Crypto.com as advisors, Loaded Lions: Mane City is a tycoon simulation game where players create their dream cities and furnish their mansions. These are made possible with the Gold and Diamonds generated from their in-game land plots and businesses, running the gamut from banks to cinemas.


Additionally, players have the opportunity to get special prizes in the game’s Competitive Mode. The top 1,000 players in the leaderboard will receive special rewards, so the higher your ranking, the more rewards you’ll receive.

Client Goals
The Mane City Team’s ultimate goal was to bring their vision for an innovative tycoon simulation game experience to life. It was crucial for the game to be engaging for the community, which then brings more members into the fold.

Game Tech Stack
Adobe Photoshop, Spine, AWS, C#, Unity, .Net, JavaScript, Truffle, Solidity, Cronos SDK, WebGL, RabbitMQ, PostgreSQL

Discovery
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Discovery
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$100001 to $500000
10 weeks
Gaming

Overview:

Discovery is our upcoming first-person shooter game, built on the power of Unreal Engine 5. Immerse yourself in a cinematic experience like no other with our story-driven shooter set in the distant future of a far-off galaxy. You will land on a planet with breathtaking flora that evolved from sea life and undiscovered deadly predators hiding within. We promise an adrenaline-pumping, action-packed experience accompanied by a captivating narrative.

What dangers does the planet hide? Find out all its hidden secrets by playing Discovery soon! You’ll be taken on a thrilling ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Game Tech Stack: Unreal Engine 5, Lumen, Nanite, Niagara

Our Goals:

  • To create a game with mesmerizing graphics using Unreal Engine 5 technology;

  • To convey a space theme using our environment art and design services;

  • To make the game available for PC and console.

Stepico Solutions:

  • A road movie with a cinematic experience;

  • Video game with realistic art;

  • An otherworldly environment with fascinating flora and fauna.

MetaPopit
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MetaPopit
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$50001 to $100000
12 weeks
Gaming

Overview:

MetaPopit offers a classic escape room experience where each level comprises multiple rooms that players must escape to unlock treasures Each room is set in a different geographic location and time era, ranging from Ancient Egypt to a laboratory in 20782, and their combinations are randomly assigned to players in each game level. Along with the escape puzzles, players can collect items in each room for special advantages.

Client Goal: 

Main Goal was to create an exciting interactive multiplayer escape room game with challenging puzzle elements, including blockchain elements.

Game Tech Stack:

Adobe Photoshop, Maya, Substance Painter, Marmoset, Blender, 3D Coat,  Unity.

Guild of Guardians
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Guild of Guardians
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$10001 to $50000
10 weeks
Gaming

Overview; Guild Of Guardians is a mobile RPG that will allow players to turn their gaming passions into assets. It will be a multiplayer, fantasy, action RPG where players build their dream team of ‘Guardians’ and compete in a guild to earn epic rewards. 

Game Tech Stack; Client-side: Unity 3D, C#, UGUI
Back end: ASP.net, C#, AWS
(EC2,ElasticCache, RDS(PostgreSQL), S3, etc.)

Client Goals; Integrate blockchain technologies which will be a core of a game economy. 

Stepico Solutions; 

  • Analyzed requirements and prepared a high-level plan for a soft launch.
  • Created in-game unique characters.
  • Created a game design documentation that feels familiar but at the same time is fascinating.
Fishing Rival
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Fishing Rival
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$10001 to $50000
9 weeks
Gaming

Overview: Fishing Rival is a top-quality, mobile fishing simulator with a beautiful graphic style. This game combines  the interesting  adventure story of an angler and  lover of sea legends

Game Tech Stack; Unity, AWS Services, .Net Framework, ASP.Net Web API, ASP.Net MVC

Client Goals; Reach the Top 3 in the fishing simulator niche. Main competitors’ deconstruction showed up lots of opportunities for our game to keep players happy and revenue streams high. Marvelous meta-layer and a bunch of social features are the key pillars for success.  

Stepico Solutions; 

  • Analyzed requirements and prepared a high-level plan for a soft launch.
  • Created in-game unique characters.
  • Created a game design documentation that feels familiar but at the same time is fascinating.
MMA Manaer
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MMA Manaer
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$50001 to $100000
24 weeks
Gaming

MMA Manager is a gym management game, with city building, fighter progression, and asynchronous PvP mechanics.

Client: Goober Games

Client goals: The team received this project request while it was in an early stage with backend in Cake PHP, without scaling support, and client-side in Unity. The project structure did not support the client’s long-term goals of scaling to a large audience and complex, interactive PvP.

Tech stack: Amazon AWS, IIS, ASP.net, C#, Photon, PUN, Unity, NGUI

Stepico Solutions: We used Photon and PUN within-house serialization solution, to improve connection speed and reliability, as well as the added ability for event pushing/broadcasting from the server within the same protocol. Rewritten server in C# (using IIS and ASP.net) to allow code reusability between client and server. The team updated Unity to a more modern version (unity 4.5 to 5.4 migration) and improved NGUI usage, by more appropriate use of atlases and shaders (materials).

Nile Valley
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Nile Valley
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$0 to $10000
9 weeks
Gaming

Overview; Nile Valley is a mobile farm game in an antique setting with a unique combination of classic farming gameplay and an adventure component.

Game Tech Stack; Unity AWS Services .Net Framework ASP.Net Web API ASP.Net MVC SignalR PostgreSQL Redis

Client Goals; 

  • Free-to-Play game;
  • For Mobile platforms;
  • In the Farming mid-core genre;
  • In the Ancient World setting;
  • With reasonable (and relatively high) connection with natural history;

Stepico Solutions; 

  • Specified request to make sure all client's expectations are met
  • Learned most successful competitors
  • Reverse-engineered the best practices in the genre
  • Run tests that helped to choose the exact Ancient setting - the Egyptian one showed better CTR than for example Vikings and Greeks did
BIGFOOT
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BIGFOOT
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$0 to $10000
6 weeks
Gaming

You have a unique opportunity to gather a team of friends or go on a solitary expedition to the forests of wild reserves and feel like a real hunter for Bigfoots.

Client: CyberLight Game Studio

Client Goals: Design characters for the survival-horror game Bigfoot. Develop detailed concepts for each character using the existing clothing and equipment.

Tech Stack: Adobe Photoshop, Zbrush, 3dcoat, Blender, 3ds Max, Substance painter, Marmoset, Substance painter, Maya

Stepico Solutions: The Stepico team designed 4 hunter characters and the main antagonist — Bigfoot.

Task included several stages of work:

  • Creation of low-poly and low-poly models using the retopology method.
  • Texturing of hunters characters for PBR rendering, texturing and creating of Bigfoot fur for physics simulation in motion.
  • Creation of a skeleton and a setup of characters for motion capture technology.
  • Making animation and cleaning of animations filmed by the actor for various game situations.
Century Siege: Tower Defense Battles
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Century Siege: Tower Defense Battles
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$100001 to $500000
80 weeks
Gaming

Century Siege is a Live-PvP battle game with card collectible mechanics.

Client: Goober Games

Client goals: Create an experience similar to Supercell project “Clash Royal” both technically and visually.

Tech stack: Amazon AWS, IIS, ASP.net, C#, Photon, PUN, Unity.

Stepico Solutions: The team utilized its vast experience from similar projects and saved clients time and money by reusing and optimizing existing protocol solutions with backend and client-side modules. We also assisted the team with Game Design, Game Analytics, and QA.

Solitaire Puzzle
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Solitaire Puzzle
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$0 to $10000
8 weeks
Gambling

Overview; Solitaire Puzzle is a mobile solitaire game with outstanding visual style and with unique features. This is a classic solitaire game where you compete with other players in a tournament to become a king of the tower.

Game Tech Stack; Game 2D art, Background Art

Client Goals; We wanted to reimagine the classic solitaire game to make its features more unique. Adding not only interesting features but also tournaments makes it more fascinating for modern players.  

Stepico Solutions; 

  • Analyzed the game UI and client requirements
  • Created our concepts for the in-game backgrounds
  • Following the created and agreed concepts
  • Created the final background arts for the game
Dwarwen Gems
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Dwarwen Gems
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$0 to $10000
10 weeks
Gambling

Overview; Dwarven Gems Megaways is a new slot game with a mining theme. The features of this game provide the players with interesting and interactive gameplay with winning symbols being exploded.

Game Tech Stackж; Game 2D art, UI art, 2D animation)

Client Goals; The client wanted to create a new outstanding game based on Megaways and some fresh art ideas. Coming up with the Dwarven Gems idea the main goal was to make it outstanding in terms of the art quality, style, and animations to make it more fun and interactive for players. 

Stepico Solutions; 

  • Analyzed the client requirements and slot game.
  • Mathematics Created our concepts based on the required theme
  • Following the created and agreed concepts, created the game arts
  • UI Created 2D animations based on the technical requirements and game art

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Spark app development

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$50001 to $200000
Completed
Consumer Products

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Our company recently collaborated with Stepico for the development of a specialized app designed to foster the habit of gratitude among its users. From the outset, Stepico demonstrated a commendable level of professionalism and expertise that distinctly set them apart.

Project Delivery: Stepico impressed us with their punctuality, meeting every deadline without compromising the quality of their work. Their project management was streamlined and efficient, ensuring a seamless flow from one phase to the next.


User Experience: The final product boasted a user-friendly interface, intuitive navigation, and an appealing design, all of which contribute significantly to the app’s goal of promoting gratitude. Their attention to detail in creating a positive us

What was the project name that you have worked with Stepico?

Spark App

What service was provided as part of the project?

Game Development

Describe your project in brief

The creation and gamification of a gratitude journal.

Seamlessly designed to infuse your life with gratitude our app transforms daily tasks into rewarding moments of self-discovery.

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

Technical Expertise: The team at Stepico showcased their technical prowess throughout the development process. They adeptly handled the unique challenges our app presented, employing innovative solutions that exceeded our expectations.

What was it about the company that you didn't like which they should do better?

I found nothing that I would change.

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$200000+
In Progress
Gaming

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We had the pleasure of working with Stepico for the game development of Loaded Lions: Mane City, and our experience was exceptionally positive. We chose Stepico for their technical expertise and creativity but the team is also accommodating and committed to our game's success. Throughout the development process, they have gone above and beyond, and that has translated into a high-quality product that we are proud of. It is Stepico's professionalism and dedication to our game that positions them as a recommended partner.

What was the project name that you have worked with Stepico?

Loaded Lions: Mane City

What service was provided as part of the project?

Game Development

Describe your project in brief

Loaded Lions: Mane City is a desktop web browser tycoon simulator featuring Web3's most fabulous felines. Players have the opportunity to bring their virtual city and mansion dreams to life. This dynamic game allows players to unleash their Inner Tycoon.

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

Stepico has exceptional dedication and commitment to the project's success, coupled with their technical expertise has enhanced the project's outcome and made the collaboration a positive experience.

What was it about the company that you didn't like which they should do better?

Everything has gone smoothly

Adam McCarthy

Stepico Outsourcing

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$10001 to $50000
In Progress
Gaming

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Stepico was hired as an Outsourcing partner for our studio. They handled 3D Modeling for Environments and Characters, as well as Character rigging for animation. Their team is highly communicative, takes direction extremely well, and addresses feedback accurately and quickly.

What was the project name that you have worked with Stepico?

Unannounced Title

What service was provided as part of the project?

Game Development

Describe your project in brief

Unannounced mobile game

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

Stepico has a team of talented artists that were able to hit our quality expectations, as well as our strict scheduling requirements. We asked their team to handle some tough deadlines, and they were able to step up and help us meet our production goals.

What was it about the company that you didn't like which they should do better?

I have nothing negative to say about the experience, everything went incredibly smoothly.

Benjamin Andre

Stepico always has my recommendation and, if I had to do everything again, I would be requesting their partnership once more.

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My company and Stepico have been partners for 3+ years. During this time, what began as a typical Client-Vendor relationship, has grown into a cohesive team that has been built on trust, communication, and commitment. There is no doubt that Stepico Leadership, and the rest of the team, is enthusiastically driven to see our project succeed.

In addition to this foundation - Technical and Creative expertise is also of utmost importance when choosing a vendor. In our experience, Stepico has always recruited very talented individuals and done a great job at fostering their growth. And, if a new direction was required by our project, they were more than willing to help ensure our needs were being met.

Overall, Stepico always has my recommendation and, if I had to do everything again, I would be requesting their partnership once more.

What was the project name that you have worked with Stepico?

Multi-Year Partnership

What service was provided as part of the project?

Game Development