Simpkins credits the company's successful crowdsourcing efforts on a growing online following the company has gained from games like PokerRPG, which GoldFire touts as the web's first role-playing poker game.
GoldFire also is in the process of developing goldfire.me, which Simpson and Simpkins plan to develop into a platform for gamers to play web-based games on any device — even television. The network supports only three games, all developed by GoldFire, but the company plans to make web-based games created by other companies available on the network, which allows users to play against their friends online in real time.
Simpson started GoldFire in 2008 while he was still a student at the University of Oklahoma. He started writing code for his own video games at age 13.
Simpkins was working as a programmer in Oklahoma City when he met Simpson in Austin at South by Southwest in 2011 and the two decided to partner.
The partners aren't daunted by being Oklahoma City's sole video game company.
“I think it gives us a competitive edge — especially when it comes to hiring people,” Simpson said.