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I'm curious, what is the average salary for a developer at CIG?
Doing a quick google search the lowest is around $44k a year to $120k a year for a game developer. This is in the US. CIG has multiple studios around the world which also differentiate the average income. Let's say the average across all studios is $60k a year (a "wild" guess) and they now have around 500 employees. That's $30 million each year.
Do we know how much CIG has used on salaries since 2012? I don't know the math here since I don't know all the numbers, but my wild guess would be around $80-90 million since 2012. If you add properties and other costs I'm thinking we are around $130 million in total. Giving them a $70 million + buffer, which is a 2 year salary guarantee for those 500 employees.
If this is even close, I feel comfort in knowing the funding is still going strong and they have at least 2 years to finish it up if money stops flowing.
Squadron 42’s new trailer is so good Mark Hamill’s fans thought it was a Netflix show
The latest trailer for Star Citizen’s Squadron 42 recently dropped, looking gorgeous enough to make its many fans start throwing money at their screens. The latest trailer for the record-breaking crowd-funded title shows off a quite a bit, with allusions to its plot, a few seconds of gameplay, and a cast full to the brim of big names.Topping the bill are the likes of Mark Hamill, who’s set to pick up where he left off in the Wing Commander games of old. We also finally got confirmation that Henry Cavill, who was recently cast as Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix adaptation of the books, will join Hamill in Squadron 42 as pilot Ryan Enright. Cavill has pinned a clip of himself in the game to his Facebook page, commenting that he was set to “answer the call”. Hamill himself took to Twitter to promote the trailer, bringing the ambitious game to almost three million of his fans in the process. It’s clear that many such fans are not gamers: one reply to Hamill’s tweet seems to think that Squadron 42 is a Netflix show, much to the amusement of davidnfilms on Reddit, who says: “we’ve reached people guys… like a lot of people.”
Shoring up Hamill and Cavill in Squadron 42 are Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson, Mark Strong, John Rhys-Davies and more. Do some star-spotting of your own in the trailer below:
It’s honestly a pretty amazing cast, boasting some of the highest-profile actors we’ve yet seen in a game. But then I guess that’s what literally hundreds of millions of crowdfunded dollars can get you. Between star power like that and the apparent excitement of Hamill’s fans on Twitter, Star Citizen – a huge space sim of which Squadron 42 is only the single-player campaign – stands poised to push gaming even further into the mainstream. The game is aiming for a full release in 2019, though no specific date has yet been announced.
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