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Battlesnake is changing, and we need your help

Battlesnake is changing, and we need your help

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Please consider sponsoring Battlesnake on GitHub to keep us operational throughout 2024!

A lot has happened in 2023, and I wanted to take a moment to discuss some important changes for next year.

Earlier this year our team joined DevCycle, and as a result, we stopped working on Battlesnake full-time. This significantly impacted our ability to produce seasonal leagues and other fun content. It was a good thing, in that we've had to focus on what makes Battlesnake most exciting, but also stressful since we weren't sure how the community would react (spoiler: y’all stuck with us 💃).

Since then, Chris, Kerri, myself, and a few core community members (thanks Rob, Andrew, Corey, Joe, Aileen, and Xtagon!) have kept Battlesnake operational while DevCycle paid our bills. It’s been convenient, but also not ideal, and a few months ago I decided to make a big change.

In 2024 we’re doing things differently.

For the first time ever, Battlesnake will operate entirely independently. No investors or corporate partners, just myself and a small team of core volunteers that want to make Battlesnake better on our own terms, with no outside demands or influence.

This is a big, scary change, but I believe it is the right one for this community that I've grown to love so much.

As part of this plan, Battlesnake is now solely responsible for our own expenses, including the hosting costs required to keep the game engines and servers running, the services required to operate, our annual accounting and legal fees, etc. This is where we need your help 🙂

How you can support Battlesnake.

I'm humbly asking the community to help by considering sponsoring Battlesnake directly - either as an individual or an organization. I can’t offer much in return, apart from a promise that Battlesnake will continue to exist, and that I will continue to build it in a way that I believe in.

As part of this ask, I've enabled our GitHub sponsorship page with some suggested amounts. If you’re having fun playing, or have enjoyed Battlesnake in the past, even a $5 or $10 subscription goes a long way. My immediate goal is $1,000/month to comfortably cover our operating costs. My ultimate goal is to get back to a place where I can work on Battlesnake full-time.

If you’re a supportive organization or tech company that would like to help, I’d be deeply grateful. I'm open to new ideas and we have a few unique rewards we can offer, such as custom designed Battlesnake heads and tails. To be clear though, we are not selling advertising slots or recruiting opportunities at this time.

Oganizations can support us through GitHub sponsorship or by contacting me directly on Discord or Twitter.

To everyone that’s helped Battlesnake get to this point, I’m so very grateful. It’s because of you all that I remain driven to build and grow this community - I believe that collectively, Battlesnake makes the world a better place 💜 🐍

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