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Magic Leap providing 500 devices as part of Epic MegaGrants initiative

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April 26th, 2019 partnership Epic Games
Magic Leap
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Magic Leap providing 500 devices as part of Epic MegaGrants initiative

Mixed reality start-up Magic Leap will be providing 500 Magic Leap One Creator Edition headsets as part of Epic Games’ $100 million MegaGrants initiative.

The news was made at Epic’s Unreal Engine Build: Detroit ‘19 event. The tech will be given away to creators, games developers, enterprise professionals, students, educators and tools developers.

Anyone building Unreal Engine applications across industries such as healthcare, automotive, entertainment and more can apply for a free Magic Leap One device.

Epic unveiled its MegaGrants programme at last month’s GDC in San Francisco, where the company pledged to open up $100 million in funding for creators around the globe.

The initiative is open to projects developed for any platform, any store and any engine. Successful applicants can be awarded between $5,000 and $500,000.

Glad to support

“The Epic MegaGrants program allows developers to pursue new goals and raise the bar for what they can accomplish, and we’re glad to support that mission by making Magic Leap One Creator Edition available to creators working in the spatial computing arena,” said Magic Leap chief content officer Rio Caraeff.

“Putting these devices directly into the hands of promising developers, along with the financial grant from Epic, will help accelerate the industry and lead to new innovation.”

Epic Games Unreal Engine Enterprise director Simon Jones add: “We’re thrilled that Magic Leap is offering their support to the Epic MegaGrants program with this generous giveaway of 500 Magic Leap One Creator Edition devices, which offer incredible opportunities to explore applications from digital humans to product design.

“The option to receive this hardware as part of an Epic MegaGrant means that more of the funds can be available to spend in other areas, so developers have more financial flexibility and freedom to create.”

Epic Games will be attending Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle on May 13th and 14th.


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Matthew Forde is a freelance writer from Yorkshire, who's work has been published for Tech Radar, Nintendo Life, Kotaku UK and more. He regularly attends Smash Bros. tournaments, while trying to keep up-to-date on everything pop culture related - particularly superheroes. You can find him on Twitter @Forde999.

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