First of, I am really looking forward to SC. BUT, i am concerned about how much of the projected vision they can achieve on their current budget. I did some napkin math and came up with the following:
Current budget 113 million
Number of employees ~300
Averages salary of their employees ~ 50,000/yr USD (totally pulling this number out of my ass, prolly low, but being fair)
50,000 x 300 = 15, 000, 000 /year
15 mil / 12 = 1.250 mil per month
Now, someone somewhere in the past said that CR said they were burning through about 3 mil a month, but that weas a year or so ago when they had illfonic on the project and lots of sub-contractors, which cost more.
Also, this is only labor. No idea what their expenses are for overhead on 4 offices, one big on in expensive-as-hell L.A. business insurance, benefits, etc.
Lets call it 2 mil a month for operations....again, just pulling air out of my ass, someone who has more experience in this might have better numbers to use as a base-line for predictions.
113 mil / 2 mil = 56.5 months of operation, or 4.7 years.
Remember, they did not have 300 employees the whole time...in fact, for the better back of their development cycle, i don't think it's been anywhere close to that number?
Point is, my crappy napkin math says they could operate at their current level for 4.7 years if they started right now. since they started awhile ago and have slowly scaled up their employee count, they can probably work longer. Add to that that they are still raising money...maybe they can go 6 years?? Again, pure speculation. But as they started raising funds in 2013 (kickstrarter date, i think?), they SHOULD be good for another year or two, IF THEY ARE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. I emphesize that as I have some doubt of this, given the really nice office decor I have seen and some of the really elaborate presentations at citizencon, etc.
I am a professional artist. we get paid lower than engineers, etc, so depending on their distribution of engineers to artists, etc, the average salary estimates could go up.
But please, share your thoughts....and FFS be civil, please.
Frank 'Spankybus' Mignone
-3d Artist & Compositor