Epic Games has announced Unreal Dev Grants, a new initiative that gives Unreal Engine 4 developers a chance to be funded from its $5 million pool.
Provided that your idea for a game utilizing the Unreal Engine 4 is interesting and unique, Epic Games will fund you in increments ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. There are no strings attached and it’s an open funding to help get your project to the market. In turn Epic Games gets to enrich the Unreal developer community.
Interesting developers have to send Epic Games a video and description of their project’s prototype. This can be a game, an app, or anything built using Unreal Engine 4. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and a team on the other side will review your submission. Those chosen will get the money to use in whatever way they please, with no contracts or followup procedures attached.
“A little bit of funding for a project can make the difference between success and failure,” Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney told Gamasutra. “These funds can be used by the developer however they want.”
Sweeney wants Unreal Dev Grants to eventually mature into something larger, where past winners can vote on projects they think deserve funding. It’ll help drive the community more overall.
“The goal of this is to help developers who are in that sort of position get to the next stage without having to mow lawns.”