Here's a missed one from Friday, Microsoft has joined the Open 3D Foundation, who oversee the Open 3D Engine that's a free and open source updated version of Amazon Lumberyard that was contributed by Amazon. Only caught this as they boosted their post on Twitter. It seems no press email was sent out to us when it happened.
It's another big boon for the up and coming game engine designed to help build anything from AAA games to cinema-quality 3D worlds, as the more companies that back it the better. Microsoft has joined as a "Premier" member, although I can't seem to find a proper explanation as to what the difference between member states are. Usually, it's a big difference in the funding they provide. I've asked the Open 3D Foundation to clarify that.
From the press release:
"Microsoft's roots in creativity run deep and we want to help creators wherever they are, whoever they are, and whatever platform they're creating for," said Oliver. "Having the Linux Foundation create the Open 3D Foundation is a fantastic step towards helping more creators everywhere and we are excited to be a part of it."
"We are elated to have Microsoft join the Open 3D Foundation as a Premier member," said Royal O'Brien, Executive Director of O3DF and General Manager of Games and Digital Media at the Linux Foundation. "Having incredible industry veterans like Microsoft contributing and helping drive innovation with the community for 3D engines is a huge benefit to the open source community and the companies that use it alike."