As most indie MMORPGS development efforts grind endlessly onward burn/burnup rates are sometimes brought up but usually are speculative since studios rarely share enough factual info to properly estimate.
However, last year CSE applied for a government PPP loan which bought some financial info to public record.
While one studio's financials are not necessarily representative of every studio, their numbers confirm figures that some people put forth in terms of average salary / and payroll expenses for a US based studio.
Of course, office and infrastructure costs would have to be added to determine what the full burn rate is and I'm not sure if payroll loans cover benefits or not.
Another interesting point is how many employees the studio has, especially considering they've reportedly split the team with some members dedicated to the "betrayal" game, Final Stand, Ragnarok.
Of course, no clue what the current staffing levels are as Mark usually shares info about new hires but doesn't feel it necessary to share the same for the departures.
"City State Entertainment, LLC received a Paycheck Protection Loan of $639,841 through SPRING BANK, which was approved in April, 2020.
Based on standard PPP eligibility rules, City State Entertainment, LLC's total 2019 payroll expenses were approximately $3.07M in order to qualify for the PPP loan amount received.
Based on their reported 38 jobs retained, this equals an estimated average yearly compensation of $80,822 per employee. https://www.federalpay.org/paycheck-protection-program/city-state-entertainment-llc-fairfax-va
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