Given you’re asking for a programmer to work 100% for free on a 3D FPS game with multiplayer, that’s a pretty big want. Not to mention you’ll also need modelers, map designers, concept artists, etcetera.
Even if you get all these people to agree to work 100% for free on a pretty large project you still need to pay the $200 entrance fee to even use Steam Greenlight and then you still have to pass through the checkpoint of making a game appear the slightest bit presentable.
Essentially what I’m saying is, you have a lot of roles to fill, that’s hard enough as it is but given that you also need them to work for free and on a relatively large project it’ll prove to be quite challenging. On top of all this your project needs to make $200 to even be worth the effort given you have to pay the Greenlight fee and even then you have to be backed by the community but to do that you’d have to have already invested significant man-power and time and effort into the project to make it presentable.
Then any profits you do make you have to split it amongst the team that spent their time working on it. So let’s just say you make a team, you work on it, and you get it greenlit, now let’s also say you made $800 off the game. Take away $200 and you’re left with $600, divide that among however many people are in the team, for sake of argument let’s just say there’s one per division so…
- Concept Artist
- Map Creator
- Balance Team
So with all that (I’m tired and those are all the divisions I can think of with my tired brain), that is seven divisions plus you, each division having one person so that is $600 divided by eight and you’re left with $75 per person. Now where I live minimum wage is $9 so that averages out to roughly 8 hours and 20 minutes of work. That would mean they’d practically work for what is likely multiple weeks on this project and get about as much pay as they would in a single standard work day at minimum wage with 20 minutes overtime.
Not impossible, just it will prove very difficult to get people to invest their time for free when there isn’t even a promise that there’ll be any sort of payoff. Plus that $200 has to come from somewhere.