Epic Games has announced the 37 teams and creators that will receive its latest round of Unreal Dev Grants, a combined total of $1 million in no-strings-attached funding for games, tools, broadcast and beyond. The program was established in 2015 as a $5 million fund for promising developers working in Unreal Engine 4, awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 with no restrictions on spending or future obligations to Epic Games.
“The Unreal Dev Grants program was designed to give studios and other developers a boost to bring their promising prototypes to market, and to give back to the wider Unreal developer community as they use the engine in interesting ways,” says Chance Ivey, partnership manager of Epic Games.
He adds: “This new round is our biggest yet, and we are blown away by the potential of projects like Kara Education, an AI-driven online educational platform for kids with hearing difficulties; VStore, a VR tool for quick and portable early dementia screenings; and Anima, a robust crowd simulation plugin for Unreal that can be leveraged by any game designer or VFX artist working with Unreal.”
This latest round of grants demonstrates the variety of applications for Unreal Engine, with software plugins, VR games, AI-driven educational platforms, and healthcare tools all receiving financial assistance. A full list can be found via a post on the Unreal Engine blog. To find out more about the Unreal Dev Grants program and to apply for a future award visit the Unreal website.