It is a survival game! The game utilizes a skill-level system that ranges from soft to hard. Each skill can be increased (junior, medium, senior levels), and has different effects on the game mechanics.
A “minimum-rules” environment offers better incentives than a heavily controlled one.
You are dropped into the startup world with some guidance. And when you have figured out what to do (beyond surviving), you have unlimited options to do other things. You can hang out in the office, do quests and challenges, seek investment or choose to bootstrap, you can get interns or poach talent from other teams.
This sense of semi-guided, yet uncertain, freedom might be scary, yet it is very exciting. It’s all about the possibility of meaningfully progressing your startup team in a “realistic” entrepreneurial environment. The game aims to deliver profound and memorable experiences. Fe/male Switch is an adventure, a second life, and quickly becomes something of a community.
It’s all about intrinsic rewards, progress, and delivering a sense of achievement. It's about growing your inner entrepreneur!
The incentive comes from the fact that the core gameplay is intrinsically fun, and you continuously feel that you are progressing your skills organically, as a side effect of pursuing that intrinsic sense of enjoyment. This virtuous cycle of enjoyment and progression makes you want to explore more, win quests and challenges, get a better office, and a greater team.
The best reward is to be recognized and taken seriously as a person and not a set of numbers.
You would even want to do things that you normally wouldn't. For instance, to “give up your salary” — not because you will be kicked out of the team if you don’t or receive a reward if you do, but because you simply get stronger as a team when you have extra resources and take care of your team members. The credibility of a team is a compound index, consisting of individual team member’s experience and skills, gained in Skill Lab.
Endless exciting startup stories are to be created!