Epic Games shared an update on the status of its Epic MegaGrants program, revealing that to date, the company has provided over $42 million in financial support to more than 600 recipients. Launched just over one year ago, Epic MegaGrants is a $100 million program to globally accelerate the work of talented teams and individuals working with Unreal Engine, 3D graphics tools, and open source software.
This announcement follows a record initial round of support, which saw Epic MegaGrants distributed to more than 200 recipients, surpassing the four-year distributed total of the initiative’s predecessor, Unreal Dev Grants, in only eight months.
In addition to this news, Epic is sharing that AMD has extended their support to Epic MegaGrants with the generous contribution of 200 AMD Ryzen 7 3800X desktop processors eligible for giveaway to new and existing recipients. There is no deadline to apply, and hardware is available on a first-come first-served basis, based on project merit. Creators across games, entertainment, architecture, and many other industries are encouraged to apply now via online submission for an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X desktop processor.
“AMD is excited to contribute to the Epic MegaGrants program by leveraging the power of Third Gen Ryzen desktop processors for content creators around the world,” said Ritche Corpus, senior director of ISV gaming and software at AMD. “Third Gen AMD Ryzen processors set a new standard in content creation with award-winning performance and features. We are excited to see what new levels of creativity and productivity will be unlocked with the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X.”
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome AMD as our newest Epic MegaGrants contributor. Software development requires high-performance computing solutions, and giving easier access to Ryzen processors to more creators supports our goal to help people succeed,” said Epic MegaGrants Director, Jeff Peres.
In April 2019, Magic Leap pledged their support of Epic MegaGrants by placing spatial computing hardware at the fingertips of talented developers. In addition to cash assistance, 66 recipients have already received Magic Leap 1 devices to date, with a total of 129 devices reserved for distribution. Developers building Unreal Engine spatial computing applications across entertainment, architecture, automotive, healthcare and many other industries can apply via online submission to receive Magic Leap hardware.
A full list of recipients is available here. Some of the selected MegaGrants recipients include:
D.A.N.G.E.R. Team. by On3D Studios – Independent Game. From Colombia-based On3D Studios (www.on3d.co), D.A.N.G.E.R. Team. is a stylized action game where the player controls a team of three uniquely-capable spies. Experience the game’s secrets, gadgets, explosions, absurd situations, and unforgettable villains alone or with a partner via co-op. https://youtu.be/BUahX-3c3PI
Dreamscaper by Afterburner Studios – Independent Game. From Afterburner Studios, a three-person team of ex-AAA developers, comes Dreamscaper (dreamscapergame.com) — a roguelite action RPG about lucid dreaming. Play as Cassidy, dive into her subconscious, and use lucid powers to take on the surreal nightmares she wrestles with in order to save her from a dark fate. Dreamscaper is coming to Steam Early Access in August 2020. https://youtu.be/wDXmchCOoLU
F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch by TiGames – Independent Game. Journey into the winding city dieselpunk streets of F.I.S.T., an action-focused Metroidvania title from Shanghai-based TiGames (www.tigames.com/blank-2). Explore, solve puzzles, uncover secrets, and take on a robot army with your giant fist, alongside a cast of charming characters. https://youtu.be/DPClwmxIutQ
Hundred Days – Winemaking Simulator by Broken Arms Games – Independent Game. Hundred Days (www.hundreddaysgame.com) puts you in charge of managing a small and abandoned winery, from selecting the types of vines you want to grow, to naming your final product. Take care of your vineyard, learn to follow the rhythm of the seasons, harvest, label your bottles and sell them on the market — every choice you make will have an impact on the quality and quantity of the wine you produce and sell. https://youtu.be/3Uf7Te-Vwio
Slice Back Up by Atomic Kraken Ltd – Independent Game. With a stunning neo pixel art style, Slice Back (slicebackgame.com) is a hilarious side-scrolling hack and slashimi game with action that’s as sharp as a sword. Enjoy aerial combat that’s spicier than wasabi, feed on aliens to get new superpowers and, eventually, (spoiler alert) save planet Earth. Grab your soy sauce and get ready for a taste of Slice Back! https://youtu.be/8rf5nlZqll4
ORamaVR by ORamaVR SA – Enterprise. Combining principles in neuroscience, spatial computing and artificial intelligence, ORamaVR (oramavr.com) hopes to rapidly accelerate human learning in healthcare through an array of immersive VR medical training simulations. https://youtu.be/htNeAU1QFV4
Self-service Publication for Cloud-streaming by PureWeb Inc. – Enterprise. PureWeb’s (www.pureweb.com) self-service and fully-managed high capacity cloud platform will provide users with the tools necessary to easily build, publish and manage their pixel streaming applications for web and mobile-based users. This toolset will include features such as an Unreal Editor plugin for easily packaging and uploading projects onto the PureWeb platform, as well as a web dashboard for scheduling deployments to different global regions and monitoring capacity and usage. https://youtu.be/vaVvk-Sxa_E
Simbotic AI by Vertex Studio – Enterprise. Generating infinite amounts of synthetic data for AI models and providing highly realistic environments for intelligent agents to acquire experience — Simbotic AI (simbotic.ai) is a modern 3D simulation engine and AI platform designed to bridge the reality gap between simulation and the real-world. https://youtu.be/-ryn17OpqKw
DeepMotion VR Avatar Tracking by DeepMotion Inc. – Tools and Open-Source. DeepMotion’s VR Avatar Tracking solution (deepmotion.com) brings to life realistic full-body motion and interaction with as little as 2 or 3 trackers. Motion Brain, which uses the latest in AI and physics simulation, we are able to generate a full-body avatar that moves with you and interacts naturally with its virtual environment, providing a rich sense of physical presence and embodiment. VR Avatar Tracking simulates full-body motion using inverse dynamics and obeys biomechanical joint limits, instead of a simple approximation provided by inverse kinematics. VR Avatar Tracking runs on Windows and Mobile platforms, with your choice of VR hardware. With DeepMotion’s motion intelligence solutions your characters will move as real as they look in Unreal Engine 4. https://youtu.be/V1GmJh-MPT8
Godot Engine – Tools and Open-Source. A free and MIT-licensed open-source game engine developed by contributors around the world, Godot Engine (godotengine.org) offers a complete editor, dedicated 2D and 3D engines, animation tools, multi-platform exports, plugins, a free asset store and much more. h ttps://youtu.be/NlKEO1N8wMM
Live Streaming of High-res, Mesh-based Laser Scan Data by Cintoo – Tools and Open-Source. Cintoo (cintoo.com) is developing a new cloud-client solution that will change the way people use terrestrial laser scans and BIM or CAD models in AEC, manufacturing, and Energy industries. The Cintoo Cloud platform makes terrestrial laser scans fully cloud compatible and available at any time anywhere — viewable in a web browser, shareable and distributable — by using a unique point cloud-to-mesh technology. Those high-resolution, mesh-based laser scans will soon be streamed from Cintoo Cloud directly in Unreal Engine to create rich, immersive experiences, mixing as-built scan data with CAD and BIM models. https://youtu.be/BQSraGHUasM
Free Online UE4 Game Development Learning Opportunities for Computer Science Undergraduates by Ball State University – Education. This project supports the creation of free online content to teach computer science and software development concepts using game programming, focusing on Unreal Engine technology. Video tutorials are included, as well as free online course materials for accessible self-study. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL4s8QTahRc11XP1Zn21F0v4CVD3abVKI
Unreal Python Repository & Tutorials by Muhammad A. Moniem – Education. Learn, understand, and master python scripting for the Unreal Engine with this step by step guide (www.udemy.com/course/ue4python), complete with real-world production samples. https://youtu.be/tmSNFBisCOM
Beyond the Stars by S1T2 – Education. Beyond the Stars is an education program that combines interactive storytelling, health research and school curriculum (www.s1t2.com.au) to inspire children to adopt healthy living habits while considering the impact their actions have on the environment. In the story, children embark on a journey to reclaim the lost knowledge of the Pacific that holds the key to restoring health and happiness to the land. https://youtu.be/KMfWavvRRjk
Glimmer by Sequin, Inc. – Media & Entertainment. Sequin AR (www.sequinar.com) provides augmented reality consulting, creative, broadcast production and custom Unreal Engine software development services to media companies. Glimmer, an Unreal Engine plugin, makes it easy for non-developers to manage augmented and immersive reality content, leading to more impactful content and speeding the iterative process. https://youtu.be/Da00RB0fpng
Faraday’s Magnets by ScienceVR – Media & Entertainment. ScienceVR (www.sciencevr.com) asks, what if we could see the “invisible forces” around magnets? This experience empowers VR learners to see the “math” around magnets. Users can take their time to try repeatedly to build up their understanding and interact with virtual scientists. https://youtu.be/N0UuZLAzpUE
Zen Universe by ZenArt VR – Media & Entertainment. Bulgarian-based ZenART (zenartvr.com) uses Unreal Engine and advanced photogrammetry techniques to capture natural and historic landmarks, turning them into explorable interactive VR experiences featuring narrative, puzzle-solving, and minigames with awe-inspiring visual quality. The first two Zen Universe locations, Tales of the Rocks and Olympus: Home of the Gods are available now in Steam Early Access. https://youtu.be/0Ujr_n2CVb0