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17. June 2020

Fanatical have several e-book bundles of interest to game developers and recently updated the Unreal Game Development Bundle to include several new books, making it an even better deal.

The bundle now consists of:

  • Visual Scripting for Unreal Engine
  • Unreal Engine Physics Essentials
  • Unreal Engine 4 AI Programming Essentials
  • Building an RPG with Unreal 4.x
  • Unreal Engine Game Development Blueprints
  • Learning Unreal Engine Game Development
  • Unreal Engine 4.X by Example
  • Unreal Engine 4.x Scripting with C++ Cookbook
  • Hands-On Artificial Intelligence with Unreal Engine
  • Unreal Engine 4 Virtual Reality Projects
  • Unreal Engine Virtual Reality Quick Start Guide
  • Unreal Engine Blueprints Visual Scripting Projects
  • Mastering Game Development with Unreal Engine 4
  • Unreal Engine 4 Game Development Quick Start Guide
  • Game Development Patterns and Best Practices
  • Mastering Unreal Engine 4.x
  • Unreal Engine 4 Game Development Essentials
  • Unreal Engine Game Development Cookbook

This entire collection is available for $10 USD.  Additionally Fanatical are running similar book bundles for other game development technologies including Unity, Blender, C++ and Photoshop.  You can learn more about these bundles in the video below.

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16. June 2020

Reported on Venture Beat by respected games journalist Dean Takahashi, Epic Games are looking to raise an addition $750 million dollars, valuing Epic Games at an eye watering 17 BILLION dollars.

Fortnite maker Epic Games is raising $750 million, according to two sources who spoke to GamesBeat. Bloomberg reported the news first, but we have independently confirmed the details in our story.

The deal would give Epic a pre-money valuation of $16.3 billion, with a post-money valuation (the value of the company after the deal is done) of $17 billion. Epic Games is the developer and publisher of Fortnite, which has more than 350 million users. And it is also the creator of the Unreal Engine, a fundamental toolset for building many games (and increasingly, making movies and TV). Epic declined to comment.

A valuation on 17B would mark a hefty return on the earlier $825M Tencent investment, which resulted in Tencent holding a 40% minority stake in Epic Games.  Epic Games are not the only company looking to raise further capital.  Unity have long been rumoured to be looking at an IPO, with recent discussions heating up again.  You can learn more about both companies in the video below.

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11. June 2020

In a post-Covid world, Epic Games are joining the GDC conference in going online this summer.  Unlike GDC however, Unreal Fest is completely free to attend!

Details from the Unreal Website:

Coming to you from the comfort of your own home on Tuesday, July 14, Unreal Fest Online is a free one-day virtual event that brings together Unreal Fest and Unreal Academy to offer an exciting and informative program of sessions that’s open to everyone.

Unreal Engine creators can choose between five content tracks: architecture; automotive; games; film, TV & live events; and cross-industry. With a choice of sessions for each timeslot in each track, there are over 50 sessions in total, and each session includes a live Q&A.

Creators across all industries are invited to come together to hear about the latest Unreal Engine developments (including more on what’s coming in UE5), learn new techniques and skills, and watch inspirational speakers from companies like Audi, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Rocksteady Studios, and Zero Density reveal how they use Unreal Engine in their projects.

Whether you’re a game developer, architect, engineer, designer, artist, producer, or cinematographer, if you create with Unreal Engine or are thinking about getting started, Unreal Fest Online is for you.

As mentioned earlier, GDC is also online this year with a $299 early bird all access price.  GDC will run from August 4th – August 6th.  Details of both online events is available in the video below.

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8. June 2020

Cesium, the makers of Cesium Ion and the open source CesiumJS open world data technologies have just announced they received an Epic Megagrant.  This will enable them to create Cesium for Unreal Engine, a free and open source add-on for Unreal Engine that will enable developers to use their 3D Tile world data in games and applications developed directly in UE.

Details of the MegaGrant win on the Cesium blog:

I can’t think of anything that better exemplifies Cesium’s belief in combining geospatial and 3D computer graphics than the support of Epic Games and the Epic MegaGrants program to build Cesium for Unreal Engine.

This marks the first time a full-scale, high-precision 3D globe is plugged into a leading game engine, opening a world of possibilities for Unreal’s users. Together we will advance training & simulation, architecture, games, AR/VR, autonomous driving, and other industries by enabling 3D Tiles to be streamed into Unreal for accurate visualization of real-world locations captured by satellites and drones—using the same 3D geospatial knowledge that has gone into CesiumJS for nearly a decade.

You can learn more about Cesium, the MegaGrant program and more in the video below.

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2. June 2020

Epic Games have just announced the June 2020 free assets and this month is rather special.  They are giving away the same assets as the very first Marketplace giveaway for those that missed them.  For every asset creator however, there is an additional free asset in this pack, including two new permanently free assets as well!  You need to “buy” the assets before the first Tuesday in July, but once purchased they are yours forever for free.

June Free Assets:

Free Forever Assets:

You can learn more about this months free assets in the video below.

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