Guest post by Kirsten Schneider of Schneider Communications.
Fueled by a passion for multiplayer, social video games, Rob Winkler and three likeminded friends launched 5th Planet Games in 2009 out of their Roseville homes. The company has seen rapid growth since its humble beginnings; developing story-driven, content-rich online social games played more than 100 million times around the world.
With revenue of over $10 million last year, the company has been profitable since soon after it began operations. Other than some early funding from family, 5th Planet Games has not sought investment dollars. Although the games are free, players can pay for virtual goods and upgrades, such as better swords and shields. Winkler estimates between 10-15 percent of players pay for these items... Read More