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.