Camelot Unchained reached the $3,225,000 “Hug the World” stretch goal in its ongoing crowdfunding campaign last night, meaning that City State Entertainment will hire or contract more artists to hasten the game’s development.
But the next stretch goal is even juicier. CSE founder Mark Jacobs posted today that the next stretch goal — the $3,350,000 “Programmers, where art thou programmers?” goal — is CSE’s attempt to overcome the challenge of “attracting additional senior programmers” to the team.
We will use the proceeds from this Stretch Goal to coax two elusive senior-level programmers to join the team, by adding an appropriate amount to our current plan to pay them. FYI, these are the same two senior-level programmer positions that we have been trying to fill for well more than a year.
It gets better. Jacobs continues,
I will match this SG out of my own pocket by adding $125,000 to my $2M contribution. We will use that additional money to reward the current team with an unexpected bonus to their planned raises. This is not simply a gesture: CSE is one big happy (usually) family, and it would be wrong in my mind to lure in new people without rewarding the current team as well. You don’t forget the Phouka you rode in on just because you want to add another one to your stable.
Further stretch goals will see all backers rewarded with non-pay-to-win special items like collector’s items.[Source: Twitter, stretch goal page, programmer stretch goal]