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The Behemoth helping other devs with research, funding in two new initiatives

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The Behemoth, the San Diego-based studio behind games like Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater, is offering assistance to other independent developers with two new subsidiaries, the company announced yesterday.

"This past decade as an independent video game developer has been a blessing to us and we want to share our resources with fellow developers in need," reads a blog post from The Behemoth.

The first is The Research Centaur, an offsite home for The Behemoth's user experience and quality assurance expertise, which the studio is now offering to outside developers. So far, The Behemoth has helped out studios like Supergiant Games, Alientrap and Capybara Games.

Secondly, The Behemoth is providing no-strings-attached funding to developers with the Gold Egg Project. The alternative funding is available to game makers with "great ideas and a proven demo or game in progress," said The Behemoth.

"It provides an optional lifeboat in the sea of scary options currently out there. It's your game, we just clear the roadblocks," the studio added.

The Gold Egg Project previously contributed money to Closure, the 2012 puzzle platformer from Eyebrow Interactive. The fund's next title is Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (screenshot above), a platformer that is in development at Asteroid Base and was one of the PAX 10 selections for PAX Prime 2013. The Behemoth isn't accepting applications for the Gold Egg Project; instead, the studio chooses the games it wants to fund.

Asteroid Base will be showing Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime at PAX East 2014 in its booth within the Indie Megabooth, #776. PAX East 2014 runs from April 11-13, and Polygon will be there to bring you all the latest from the show.

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