Koza Games is new game studio currently knee deep in our first title, "Circuits and Shields", an objective-based Action MOBA. Circuits has a full vertical slice with 1 game mode and 5 completed champions. It is 100% playable via Steam and we've got received great marks all-around on the gameplay from our community. While our initial focus is solely on Circuits, we do have loose plans for an actual studio and a second title in the VERY long term.
To date, Koza has operated 100% via freelancers (paid for by personal funding only), working with over 140+ individuals to bring Circuits to life.
What's the next step?
With the vertical slice completed, Koza is exploring funding options, namely VC's/Accelerators. Though the game itself is solid, our biggest risk in development is our lack of a "team" and my personal lack of experience in the industry. This risk was even highlighted by a large-scale publisher who played our game essentially saying that while the game is great, by far the biggest hurdle to get over is our lack of track record. Makes sense!
That said, we think this is a solvable problem. We've already recruited some incredible individuals that have bought into our ideas, all with AAA-level resumes (ex-Riot, Sega, Namco, Blizzard, etc.). We're looking to continue to add to that list with a solid Business and Financial Operations leader.
For posterity, I've invested what is essentially an infinite number (5 years) of hours/sweat equity in this already and nearly $200,000 to date. This is not a "spur of the moment, pls help me build games" proposal. We have a polished vertical slice and the core studio team post-funding is our last remaining piece.
How does this work?
This role would be created on funding. As we approach VCs, we'd love to be able to say "We have an agreement with John Smith, who has a ton of experience in business operations for game studios and will sign on after funding is received". You would receive a minor (sorry!) salary, along with vesting equity in Koza Games as a whole. Just to reiterate, our expectation is 10-20 hours per week to start, we absolutely do not expect you to quit your current job.
So what's my role?
Studio and business... things. But really, I need someone to cover the operations side, including legal (re: working with legal), finances, contracts, etc.
You are... a person who loves data and spreadsheets. You're a former CFO or aspiring one. You're an operations lead who loves touching every piece of the process. You're someone who doesn't mind pouring through legal documents or doing research for how we need ask our legal team for help. You're someone who loves diving into metrics for games or breaking down costs and revenues. You're someone who understands Venture Capital and how rounds work (cause I definitely don't!). You're someone who can keep a running Cap table.
By far the weakest part of our pitch right now is on the metrics and budgeting side. While we don't require your experience to be in games, we definitely prefer it. I'd love to bring someone in that can make an instant impact and bring some professionalism to our pitch deck slides regarding the numbers.
Wrapping It Up
This is obviously a massive leap of faith. An unknown studio with no history (at least we have an amazing vertical slice though!). My goal is to forge a long-term partnership with an individual that shores up my weaknesses in hopes of building something great. I truly believe that given the right "star power", funding is a no brainer to complete Circuits and beyond. Our pitch deck is already complete and I'd love to just add your name to it.
If you have a proven track record of business/financial operations and are looking to make an entrepreneurial venture, let's at least have a conversation on how we can figure this out. The leg work is done here, it's time to put it all together.
How to Apply
You can reach out directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or cthomlison#2648 (Discord).
About Circuits & Shields:
Circuits and Shields combines the action combat of a brawler with the endless strategy and depth of a MOBA to create a “Team Objective Brawler” that grips you at hour 1 and keeps you engaged at hour 10,000. Choose from a colorful cast of champions and duke it out in a variety of arenas, each with multiple objectives to help secure your victory. With an unlimited number of item combinations, talent builds, and roguelite team unlocks, Circuits ensures that no match is like the last.
About Koza Games
Koza Games was formed on the idea that indie-developed didn't have to mean small in scope. We dream big, looking to blur the line between AAA production value and indie ingenuity. We make games for today's gamers, those who want streamlined experiences that are endlessly replayable and endlessly watchable.Our games our built around unique experiences, taking familiar genres and breathing new life into them.
Our first title, Circuits and Shields, takes the aging MOBA genre and turns it up to 100. Circuits ditches the age old “Farm 10 minutes, fight 10 seconds” of classic MOBAs and introduces action-packed, objective-based arenas where you’ll always have a chance to make your mark through mechanical outplays OR precise team strategy.
We're currently hiring a Studio Director, Producer, Game Designer, and Writer. You can view (and share) all of our job openings here.