By: Zoe Matthews
Jack himself grew BareHand from the ashes of an early career layoff. Instead of going back home to Maryland to live with his parents, he rented a basement apartment in Lawrence and got to work creating “Cede,” the first video game with the company, which he founded in 2014. Jack’s studio is now in the fourth floor of the Everett Mills, in what is known as the Maker Innovation Lab, a 10,000-square-foot space being built on the fourth floor of the building for entrepreneurs who want to start businesses that involve making things.
In addition to working on the game there, Jack is also building a motion capture lab that he will manage when the space opens. In the months of game development, Jack has been using his own motion capture software to create cinematic scenes for the game.
Jack said he wants the game to make an impact — with gamers, but also within the Lawrence community. “Cede” has a long journey ahead of it in development.
BareHand received $3,000 in award money as finalists in the Entrepreneurship for All business accelerator in Lawrence, as well as grant money from Lawrence Community Works, MassMoca, and Matchlink. They used their funds to build the prototype for “Cede” and are now crowd funding for the game’s completion through the website Kickstarter.
Their campaign is open until mid-December. So far they’ve raised about 16 percent of their $65,000 goal.
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