Two Blender developers hired thanks to Valve Steam Workshop donations

Two Blender developers hired thanks to Valve Steam Workshop donations

Thanks to donations from members of Valve's Steam Workshop two programmers will be working half-time on Blender to improve it for game artists and modders.

Blender Foundation has just signed a contract with Dalai Felinto and Bastien Montagne who for the next 6 months will be working on integration of Blender into game development and modding pipelines.

Interestingly enough, this coincides with recent initiative to distribute Blender in the Steam Workshop. Either way, the amount of donations to enable this kind of development is quite impressive.

Dalai and Bastien will discuss changes with the gamedev community, come up with a prioritized list of features to implement, then put it for review by all of the Blender community, and finally do the actual programming. You can get a pretty good idea about the nature of possible changes from this email sent by a game artist who already uses Blender for source modding.

It's entirely possible that the foundation will continue getting this kind of income from members of the Steam Workshop. In that case more developers could be hired, and topics like proposed dramatic game engine changes could become a subject of paid development.

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  1. “Given that the initiative to distribute Blender in the Steam Workshop is less than a month old, the amount of donations to enable this kind of development is quite impressive.”

    To be fair, the donation from Valve comes from the Steam Workshop system:

    “Workshop authors can select from a pre-approved list of organizations, users, and toolmakers to receive a percentage of Valve’s revenue from sale of their items. The specific organizations and individuals are listed below.”

    So it has no direct relation with the effort into distributing Blender in Steam itself. Though it can be part of the job I suppose ;) The scope of the tasks is yet to be defined. It’s good news regardless.

  2. Alexandre Prokoudine 11 September 2013 at 5:15 pm

    @Dalai, Ah, so it’s just a coincidence?

  3. A coincidence wouldn’t be the best word since things may have a common root. But it’s just that one thing is not directly tied to the other, necessarily.