Epic Games issues first round of Unreal Dev Grants

Erik Johnson
Epic Games issues first round of Unreal Dev Grants

Epic Games has revealed the first three Unreal Dev Grant recipients, with each developer gaining at least $15,000 in funding.

Last month, Epic announced a new scheme that would have it handing out up to $5m in grants for developers using Unreal Engine 4, and this week the studio made good by revealing the first three selections.

Mike Buttsney – the lone game developer out of the initial winners—has been provided $15,000 for the development of Dead Static Drive, an upcoming driving horror game with a comic book aesthetic.

French artist Koola received $18,000 for a project that uses Unreal Engine 4 to create architectural visualisations and outdoor scenes, while audio engineer Jake Kaufman and artist Jessie Seely have also received $18,000 for their VR project Nuren: The New Renaissance – what they describe as the world's first virtual reality rock opera.”

Epic previously stated that grants range from $5,000 to $50,000, and stressed that devs and artists retain ownership of their IP and are free to publish the final products however they desire.

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