Epic Games today announced a new grant initiative that will give out $100 million to game developers, artists, students, educators, and those developing tools for other creators that make use of its Unreal Engine 4 toolset.
Unreal Engine, of course, has been used in a whole bunch of great games such as the Arkham Series, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and much more.
The company is calling the initiative the MegaGrant program, and it continues the foundation laid by a similar initiative, Unreal developer grant program the company launched back in 2015. This was of course before the mega-hit battle royale game Fortnite became “a thing”.
The announcement on Unreal’s Website reads
Epic Games has committed $100 million to support game developers, enterprise professionals, media and entertainment creators, students, educators, and tool developers doing amazing things with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community. Show us your projects and you could earn a financial grant to help fuel your success!
We love supporting UE4 game developers of all sizes with funds to make their projects a success. You can also apply for a grant to fund transitioning your existing or in-development game to UE4.
The company says, “all grant recipients will continue to own their IP and will be free to publish however they wish,” this means that Epic will take no stake in the projects it funds.
“Submissions will be evaluated, and grants awarded, on a continual rolling basis as funds allow, with no firm deadlines to submit,” the announcement continues.
Ever since the launch of the Epic Store, the company has been using all kinds of strategies and resources to attract developers to its PC game storefront. Epic has offered a lot of exclusive deals to game devs in the hopes it can better compete with Valve’s Steam.
Let’s hope that this grant funds some indie developer sitting in their garage and we get to see the next big thing.