SleepNinja uses contracts from Cartoon Network to fund small studio’s projects.
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Portland-based video game studio SleepNinja uses contracts from Cartoon Network to fund upcoming projects.
The group raised $26,096 in a Kickstarter campaign for the game “Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake,” which caught the attention of Cartoon Network.
The use of Kickstarter and now the use of contract work to subsidize game work is a more common path for small and indie studios. As the team works on contract projects, they are already planning for their game, [programmer Yori] Kvitchko said.
“We are trying to split half-year cycles on contract work and on a game we want to make,” he said. “We’ll make the contract work pay for a year’s worth of salary, which is smaller, but we are willing to do it.”
(SOURCE: Portland Business Journal)
The next game the group plans on releasing combines the “feel of the game to the movie ‘Mad Max’ with the chaos of the game ‘Mario Kart’, according to the PBJ.
SleepNinja has three full-time employees.