Unit 2 Games announces £100k indie game fund to support launch of new game-making platform, Crayta

Unit 2 Games has launched a new £100,000 fund to support indie developers creating games with new creation platform, Crayta.

The fund – which supports the launch of “multiplayer game creation and sharing platform” Crayta early next year – is making “at least” £100,000 available “to a small number of talented and experienced developers to create the first selection of indie games available on the system”.

A press release describes the new game-making tool as “a collaborative, innovative game-making game designed to give both developers and non-developers the ability to create high-quality, multiplayer titles quickly and easily using a combination of a voxel-based environment and non-voxel props”. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Crayta is currently running an extended closed testing period, and is working towards a Q1/Q2 2020 release.

“The nature of an experience such as Crayta is that it thrives on the user-generated content that comes from our community,” said CEO Richard Smithies. “We want to make sure that when we first launch we have a strong line-up of games for players and creators alike, so by setting aside this fund we’re able to ensure that even a developer just starting out can be inspired and encouraged to get involved, simply by seeing what’s possible from some of their favourite indies.”

“We’ve already seen how versatile and powerful Crayta is via our initial testing community, but we can’t wait to see what more experienced indie developers can do with the system,” added Unit 2 Games’ publishing director, Chris Swan. “We’re looking for a wide variety of different games and experiences from the developers who join the fund, and will be letting them loose creatively to really experiment.”

Interested in finding out more? Head to www.crayta.com/indiefund for further info and application details although please note, candidates must be registered on the “indie fund system” for their game ideas to be considered.

Unit 2 Games was founded in late 2017 and is based in Leamington Spa, UK. Run by former Radiant Worlds and Blitz Games Studios COO, Richard Smithies, the team “bring skills and experience from operating server-based, creative sandbox adventure SkySaga”, and is now focussed on “building UGC-powered collaborative game creation and sharing platform Crayta” which is launching in 2020.

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