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Roblox now helping fund Blender development

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Blender continues to be a true massive success story for open source, pulling in funding from all sorts of big names and now even Roblox is helping to fund it.

As posted on LinkedIn by Stefano Corazza, Head of Roblox Studio, who mentioned "So proud to announce that Roblox joined the Blender Foundation’s Development Fund as a corporate Silver member! Blender is one of the most commonly used tools by the Roblox creator community, and I personally love it. To make the use of Blender and Roblox Studio even more seamless we have released an open source plugin as well."

They also shared a press announcement with BlenderNation where Corazza additionally said: "Blender is the most popular external tool used by Roblox’s creator community today. Every day, thousands of creators import vivid and detailed 3D content from tools like Blender into their Roblox experiences.

We are thrilled to be supporting the Blender Foundation’s work delivering world-class 3D tooling and are excited to see closer integration continue to drive high-quality creation on Roblox. Roblox also presents a fantastic opportunity for the Blender Community to find new opportunities for their creativity by creating and selling 3D avatar items for rich immersive 3D experiences."

As a Corporate Silver Member, Roblox will be paying at least €12K a year to Blender to support further development. Joining the ranks of Activision, Google, Adobe, Epic MegaGrants, AMD, AWS, Meta and plenty more also supporting Blender.

The open source plugin info is on the Roblox Dev forum.

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Every time I look at the fund.blender.org page, there are more huge sponsor badges. It's good to see.
chr Jan 25
For anyone who cares: Roblox is systematically abusive to children:
Nebula: https://nebula.tv/videos/people-make-games-roblox-pressured-us-to-delete-our-video-so-we-dug-deeper
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTMF6xEiAaY

I don't know what would be better - for Blender to accept their money or to refuse the very light good PR that Roblox is getting from this donation.


Last edited by chr on 25 January 2024 at 5:54 pm UTC
I have very mixed feelings about this news. Not only that Roblox refuses to take responsibility for the social channels surrounding their game, which leads to a lot of harassment of children happening there. That alone makes the company very unappealing. Furthermore, I find the entire business scheme questionable when the work of minors is monetized under questionable conditions. You have to realize that: around 80 million quarterly profit based to a not exactly small extent on the work of underaged.
Beaky Jan 26
Quoting: chrFor anyone who cares: Roblox is systematically abusive to children:
Nebula: https://nebula.tv/videos/people-make-games-roblox-pressured-us-to-delete-our-video-so-we-dug-deeper
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTMF6xEiAaY

I don't know what would be better - for Blender to accept their money or to refuse the very light good PR that Roblox is getting from this donation.

"very light good PR" isn't going to finance anything. And most people will not even care.

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