Perhaps real merit sometimes lies in continuing to believe in something even in the face of adversity – the story of Marco Massarutto and Stefano Casillo and their Kunos Simulazioni is that of a group of talented people who used their mistakes as springboards from which to start again. Their software house designs and sells driving simulators (used by professional drivers) and driving games. What had initially seemed nothing more than a hobby became first a challenge, and then a profession, and now involves a team of over twenty people who are about to launch themselves onto a global market: in 2016, their driving game Assetto Corsa will be available for consoles like the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. The development of their driving simulations and driving games took place in parallel, with one feeding into the another, and what lies behind the work of their team of professionals is a desire for realism and the opportunity to experience the sensations of driving cars like those in Formula 1 on the small screen.
The transition from a desire for realism to actually designing games took place thanks to a meeting with programmer Stefano Casillo where the subject of simulations came up. In 2006 they released their first game: NetKar Pro. While working on it, they were sleeping four hours a night, and when the game came out it showed so much promise, despite the odd defect, that four years later they produced an official game for Ferrari - Ferrari Virtual Academy, the jumping-off point for Assetto Corsa.
Kunos's headquarters is in the offices of the Vallelunga racetrack in Campagnano. Kunos reproduces the tracks using Laserscan technology which allows them to reconstruct the tarmac upon which the drivers race each other inside the game down to the millimetre, with each car faithfully reproducing the performance of real Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Lotuses, etc. And for Kunos, the race is not over: in 2016 they are going to be taking on the giants of the industry.
Together with Stefano Casillo, the brain behind a leading racing video game. Their software house, Kunos, is based in Vallelunga.