Unreal Developer Grants Revealed, $5 Million Up For Grabs

Epic Games, creator of their proprietary Unreal Engine, has just announced a new grant program where developers using the game engine can get free money for their projects.

This seems to be Epic’s way of paying it forward, especially considering that Unreal (the game) was developed in Tim Sweeney’s garage. The Unreal Developer Grant is a $5,000,000 fund where individual projects can get anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 to complete their games. Apparently, you need money to make video games. Crazy.

According to the blog post on the Unreal website, “any project that has reached the ‘working prototype’ stage of development is eligible for nomination, and all nominations will be considered based on merit.” This seems to be an equal playing field where one person in an attic has just as much of a shot as two hundred coders working on the next Call Of Duty.

Even more interesting is Epic’s decision to abstain from taking control over any publishing or trademark rights. Projects remain completely independent and have total creative control despite being subsidized by the fund. It all seems too good to be true, and it probably is. Read the fine print and then tell me I’m just being cynical.

Epic Games and their Unreal Engine has been a ubiquitous part of the industry ever since the first-person shooter Unreal dropped onto PCs back in 1998. Since then, the Unreal Engine has been found in everything from Bioshock Infinite to Shark Tale.