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1. August 2019


The first day of every month Epic Games make several assets available for free on the Unreal Engine marketplace.  Some of the assets are free forever, while others have to be “purchased” during the month, although once purchased they are yours forever.  August 2019 is no exception.  Let’s take a look at the free stuff for August announced on the Unreal Engine blog.

Free For August


Free Forever


Be sure to watch the video below for more details on this months free Unreal assets.

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15. July 2019


As part of the Unreal Megagrant Program launched 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.

Of course “open source capabilities for the 3D graphics community” sounds like a very specific application doesn’t it?  Therefore today’s news should come as no surprise, the Blender Foundation is receiving $1.2M USD as part of the megagrant program.

Details from the Blender news page:

Epic Games, as part of the company’s $100 million Epic MegaGrants program, is awarding the Blender Foundation $1.2 million in cash to further the success of Blender, the free and open source 3D creation suite that supports the full range of tools empowering artists to create 3D graphics, animation, special effects or games.

The Epic MegaGrants initiative is designed to assist game developers, enterprise professionals, media and entertainment creators, students, educators, and tool developers doing outstanding work with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community.

The Epic MegaGrant will be delivered incrementally over the next three years and will contribute to Blender’s Professionalizing Blender Development Initiative.

“Having Epic Games on board is a major milestone for Blender,” said Blender Foundation founder and chairman Ton Roosendaal. “Thanks to the grant we will make a significant investment in our project organization to improve on-boarding, coordination and best practices for code quality. As a result, we expect more contributors from the industry to join our projects.”

“Open tools, libraries and platforms are critical to the future of the digital content ecosystem,” said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games. “Blender is an enduring resource within the artistic community, and we aim to ensure its advancement to the benefit of all creators.”

This is actually the second time Epic Games funded Blender, with a much smaller donation back in 2014.

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1. July 2019


Every month Epic Games make several assets on their asset store free for that month and July is no exception.  You have to “buy” the content during the month of July, at which point it is yours forever.  In addition each month they release a few assets that are free forever.

The July free marketplace content consists of:

The following assets are permanently free:

Learn more on the Unreal Engine blog or by watching the video below.

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12. June 2019


Epic Games, the makers of Unreal Engine and Fortnite, just acquired Houseparty a multi person video chat based social network.  Houseparty is available in application form for both the AppStore and Google Play.  The reason for the acquisition isn’t entirely clear, but couldn’t have been cheap as Houseparty was fairly well funded.

Some details were released on a Medium post by Houseparty:

Today is a big day for us at Houseparty because we’re joining the Epic Games family!

Houseparty is the synchronous social platform that lets you connect face-to-face with the people you care about most. By teaming up with Epic, creator of Fortnite and Unreal Engine, we’ll be able to help even more people connect with their friends, family, and peers.

“Joining Epic is a great step forward in achieving our mission of bringing empathy to online communication,” said Sima Sistani, Co-founder and CEO of Houseparty. “We have a common vision to make human interaction easier and more enjoyable, and always with respect for user privacy.”

“Houseparty brings people together, creating positive social interactions in real time,” said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games. “By teaming up, we can build even more fun, shared experiences than what could be achieved alone.”

So, why would a gaming company like Unreal Engine by a social video chat platform?  My best guess is to support their upcoming cross platform online services initiative although that is entirely speculation at this point.  If you are an existing Houseparty user, according to the FAQ in the linked Medium article, your life should remain unchanged in the near future at least.

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1. June 2019


Every month for the last several months, Epic Games have made several assets available free on the Unreal Engine marketplace, and June 1st, 2019 is no exception.  You need to purchase the assets during the month to be able to keep them forever, but the purchase cost is zero.  Additionally, a few assets are made available each month permanently free on the market place.  Let’s take a look at the free marketplace assets for June…

June Free Assets:

Permanently Free Assets:


You can also find all of the above assets in the marketplace in the Epic Game Launcher.  Learn more about the June giveaway on the Unreal Engine blog available here.

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