If they can't find a real publisher, why doesn't SBS let the players invest in the game and receive equity?
Crowfall did this even after finding outside investors through indiegogo equity. https://equity.indiegogo.com/offerings/artcraft-entertainment/
Fig also does "Democratized Publishing for video games". https://www.fig.co/
They have plenty of people willing to spend $10k to be a king. I imagine they would be willing to spend even more for if they had a chance at a monetary return on their investment. Thoughts?