Roblox Corp has now added a further $10 million to its Roblox Games Fund that launched last year, with an initial $25 million set aside to fund up-and-coming games. This news came as the Roblox Developer Conference (RDC) took place, bringing the total fund to $35 million.
The money will be shared amongst a handful of projects that the company says symbolise what its platform is all about. Although only a few projects will see this investment, any developers whose projects are on the list will receive a minimum of $500,000.
Although there is a common misconception that Roblox games are made by individuals, there are many teams of developers who work solely on the online gaming platform and this investment figure is meant to reflect that.
This could suggest that Roblox Corp is interested in bigger and more ambitious projects on its platform moving forward as opposed to the smaller, made-in-a-bedroom, style titles Roblox made its name on.
Those receiving funding are said to be developers who are pushing the envelope of what’s technically possible on the platform.
The developers who are selected for the half-million dollar funding will be those with “a track record of success” – Roblox head of community expansion, Jad Boniface, told TechCrunch.
There are some up for funding who have never created a game on the Roblox platform before, however, those are developers with a positive background on other platforms.
The developers up for funding are:
- Phaser Lock Interactive, creator of Primal Hunt
- Maximillian Studios, the team behind the ‘social horror’ game Secret Neighbor
- Karlie Kloss, the creators of the music battle game Skullbeat and the studio behind Fashion Klossette, an upcoming ‘next-generation fashion experience’
You can apply for the Roblox Game Fund program here.
Other Roblox Funding Opportunities
In addition to the Roblox Games Fund, developers who miss out can take advantage of the Community Fund.
This accelerator programme hands out $13,000 awards to five game devs at a time, picking up the bill for educational projects and a talent hub that functions as a kind of matchmaking service just for its developer community.
Most of those support services for developers were decided on at the same time as the previous round of the Roblox Games Fund last year.
This article was first published on PocketGamer.biz.