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The Business Simulation Game

Tycoon games & company management simulations

"US pilots started to hone their skills using flight simulators as early as the 1970s. It proved to be cheaper, and in some cases more effective, than training sorties. Today, anyone can learn the basics of driving in auto simulators in the same way that one can learn the fundamentals for building a company with the Virtonomics business simulation game."
Pavel DurovThe founder of Telegram
Pavel Durov
The founder of Telegram
A year ago, I decided that I was going to open my own small retail business. However, it was very frightening; I didn’t have any entrepreneurial experience or company management skills. I took several business courses and training seminars, but my questions and concerns only grew. My friends then advised me to try my hand at the startup simulator ‘Entrepreneur”. At first, I was skeptical; what can a game teach me? However, now I know for sure that this is the most effective way of practical training for entrepreneurs, and is certainly a fantastic tool for novice businessmen! It’s honestly a very realistic business simulator, with a huge amount of detail when it comes to business processes. This allows entrepreneurs to develop their practical skills regarding the process of managing and growing a startup. Without risking my capital, I was able to experiment with running a virtual company, while testing and improving my business model. The business simulator saved me from many failures in the real world, and it stopped me worrying about losing my investment. Six months later, I opened my first store, my investment was returned and I made a profit. Thanks Virtonomics!
Alex, 27 years old Startup simulator Entrepreneur - Alex review
I’ve been playing the economics game ‘Mafia Manager’ for about a year now. This is truly one of the coolest and most unusual strategy multiplayer games about the economy and the unwritten rules of the corporate world. The game offers a combination of tough economic strategy, company management puzzles and a varied PvP arsenal. The game is in no way short of industrial espionage and political intrigues. I ended up creating my own mafia clan and engaged in market wars with my competitors! In just a few months, I built a powerful corporation from scratch, I captured markets and companies from a dozen different tycoons, and even became president of a virtual state. My emotions from playing in this world are difficult to describe; you’ll have to give it a go yourself and understand that sweet feeling of victory. :)
Max Economic game Business and Mafia: Max review
I’ve been playing the tycoon game Virtonomics on and off for about 5 years now. As a fan of complex games about the economy, I’m constantly searching and trying different business simulation games for my students; good ones are hard to come by, I must be honest. Having said that, no business game I found managed to get even close to Virtonomics in terms of realism, variety and interesting gameplay. This game is constantly being developed and improved. It is as diverse and interesting as our life itself. Here, you can develop your economics, entrepreneurship, company management skills, finances, marketing, decision making, politics, market research, R&D, creativity, all while engaging with a really friendly community. Virtonomics Tycoon is a slow turn-based browsing business simulator for calm, thoughtful and intelligent people. Although, we are a passionate bunch to be honest. Give it a try!
Mary, 34 years old Business simulation game Virtonomics Tycoon - Mary review
Compete against other players
Compete against other players
Get a diploma confirming your competencies
Get a diploma confirming your competencies
Extract raw materials, produce goods
Extract raw materials, produce goods
Go for farming and agriculture
Go for farming and agriculture
Research and benefit from technology
Research and benefit from technology
Set-up an efficient retail supply chain
Set-up an efficient retail supply chain
Become a politician
Become a politician
Virtonomics business simulation games are a series of economics online games and business simulations about the economy, entrepreneurship, competition, finance, marketing, sales, production, strategy, innovation, startup development, R&D, HR, supply chain management, and more.

The startup game "Entrepreneur"

This is a serious educational startup simulation game designed for the practical training of novice entrepreneurs and start-up managerial teams. The main purpose of this business game is to simulate a realistic market environment. As a result, an entrepreneur can create a virtual prototype of his or her future company, develop and improve managerial and entrepreneurial skills, gain experience of surviving and developing a business in a competitive environment, while making all the typical mistakes without the risk of losing real capital. Do you have an idea and the desire to start your own business? Perhaps you’re already the founder of a startup, but you lack the necessary knowledge and experience? If you want to protect yourself and your company from making typical mistakes at the growth stage - you need to take a crack at “Virtonomics Entrepreneur”. If you want to test certain market strategies or economic models while improving your business management skills, make sure you’re doing it in a realistic startup simulator.

The management simulation game "Mafia Manager"

This browser-based online strategy game with PvP features is designed for true connoisseurs of hardcore economics games involving espionage and the mafia! Feel the plethora of gaming opportunities at your fingertips. With over 200 different industries for your corporation, dozens of countries where you can create your own political party and become the governor or president, the option of owning your own secret service, and the possibility of cooperating with other players, this game is worth the investment. Not only that, but you’ll gain access to a powerful PvP combat arsenal to either attack competitors or protect their interests. Form alliances, organize your mafia clan, master corporate espionage, engage in competitive wars, create a monopoly and walk on the razor’s edge- you are in control.

The economics online game "Tycoon"

The goal of this business simulation game is to build a globally efficient company in a difficult and competitive environment. You’ll receive start-up capital and the opportunity develop your virtual company in any way you want. Get acquainted with a huge world, its vast geography, dozens of industries, hundreds of products, and thousands of competitors! The uniqueness of this business simulation lies in its versatility and the complete freedom that it offers you. You can manage stores and factories, become an agricultural or industrial magnate, and even become the governor or president of a country. Moreover, you can choose to focus on technological or scientific research, urban planning, political races or public administration. The possibilities are endless! Start a tycoon game online now!

R&D: research, buying technologies and licenses

The technology level of an enterprise (just like the qualification of the employees, equipment and raw materials) has a huge influence on the production quality and staff efficiency. The technology level can be improved by conducting research in laboratories, buying licenses and technologies.   

Every method has its own specific nuances. For example, the process of conducting your own research will take time, but eventually you will be able to implement a new technology or sell it to other participants. Although the purchasing of a license or technology is the fastest way to improve the technology level, you will need to pay for it right away. The licenses normally cost less than technology. But licenses are implemented only in one enterprise, whereas technologies can be implemented in all enterprises of the same type.

A sample of technology implementation prices of 1, 2 and 3 level at a pet food factory: 


Example of license purchase application:

Select the required level of technology and the maximum amount you are willing to pay for a license.

The competitive application is when the price that you offer   does not exceed the given price, not competitive – average market price. In this case, it can be any price, but the purchase opportunity increases.

The applications are processed during the game update.  


If you want to conduct your own research, first, you need to open a laboratory, hire adequately qualified scientists and purchase equipment of appropriate quality. The larger the laboratory is, the higher the level of technology can be developed.

There are three stages of research:

  • Initial hypothesis.
  • Hypothesis processing — select the hypothesis, which will be tested.
  • Technical testing.

Each stage can take several game turns. The invented technologies can be implemented in your own enterprises or be sold in a form of usage licenses to other participants.

Purchasing of a license

In order to buy a license click on the «Technologies» tab in the enterprise, the technology level of which has to increase. The licenses can be purchased at auctions.

Purchasing of a technology

Click on the «Technologies» tab in the enterprise of your interest. The buying of technologies is not complicated — just select the needed technology and pay the technology and its implementation price.

Laboratories: R&D

General Information

You need laboratories for technological research, which can bring you new technologies of higher level.

Building Laboratory you need the following:

  • Choose its size.
  • Hire scientists.
  • Buy equipment (devices).

Maximum possible number of scientists and equipment depends on the size of your laboratory. Available technology level also depends on the size.

Technology level will require the equipment of certain quality. Moreover, equipment quality defines minimum qualification requirements for staff of laboratory.

In case if you want to work with technologies and inventions of level 5 and higher, laboratory must be attached to a working factory (80% of its efficiency or more). Factory profile and technology level must correspond to the current research.

Minimum size of required factory depends on the level of explored technology:

LevelMaximum number of scientistsAvailable technology levelRemarks
110Up to 4
230Up to 8Starting from technology level 6, a factory (farm, mine, etc) of minimum size is required
3100Up to 13From technology level 9, a factory size 2 is required
4300Up to 19From technology level 15, a factory size 3 is required
5700Up to 25From technology level 20, a factory size 4 is required
61000All levelsFrom technology level 26, a factory size 5 is required


There are three research stages:

Preliminary research, hypothesis is formed

The basic duration of preliminary research stage depends on the current technology level (up to level 8 it is 3 weeks, then longer). Even if you increase the number of scientists it won`t speed up the research, usually it slows down because of low efficiency of laboratory. The number of hypotheses depends on the skill “Science research” level of Top manager. Moreover, each hypothesis has a probability of success and a duration modifier.

In case you’ve bought one or several technologies of last 5 levels, the first stage will be longer (for ½ of duration of first stages of missed technologies). In case you have not investigated previous levels of technology the duration of the first stage will be longer — in proportion to the duration of missed investigations.

Research, hypothesis processing

During second stage you`ll have to choose one of hypotheses then scientists will perform research with a possibility of success which you already know.

In case of failure, you can repeat this research. The possibility of success will be higher by 1%. In other words, each hypothesis can become successful in the end.

Basic duration of hypothesis working out depends on technology level and possibility of success (you`ll need more time if you want to work out more reliable hypothesis).

Additional number of scientists will speed up the work. Low efficiency of laboratory will slow down the work.

Industrial testing

The final third stage of research: testing and industrial trial of invented technology.

Duration of this stage depends on technology level. Additional number of scientists will speed up the research.

Technologies of level 5 (and higher) will require a factory attached to the laboratory. Profile and technology level of this factory must correspond to the research.

Duration of this research depends on laboratory efficiency, as well as factory efficiency.

Buying licenses and technologies

For purchasing licenses and technologies click on the «Technologies» tab.

Research in laboratories In order for laboratories to work, you need to hire qualified staff, buy appropriate equipment and, of course, invest a lot of time.

Just like in other subdivisions, the staff has to be accordingly qualified and earn a specific salary. The equipment has to be of an appropriate quality. In order to know what the optimal settings for laboratories are, pay attention to the hints in the simulation. The functionality is the same as in the other subdivisions.

Just like offices, laboratories do not generate any profit. However, your R&D results will be able to help other subdivisions generate substantial profit.

Tycoon games & company management simulations