The first five recipients of the Humble Black Game Developer Fund have been announced. These five developers will split over $200,000 to flesh out their game ideas in the hopes of getting their games made.
The Humble Black Game Developer Fund was first announced earlier this summer when the company made a commitment to spend $1 million on black game developers. Details at the time were light, but we'll soon see the first beneficiaries bring their games to life as a result of this special funding.
What Are the First Five Humble Black Game Developer Fund Games?
Here are the first five games in the works as part of the Humble Black Game Developer Fund according to today's announcement:
- Stormy Nights Interactive’s Breeze in the Clouds – “A side-scrolling, hand-brawling platformer where the neighborhood pet corgi ends up in the clouds and gains weather powers. Now he’s ready to defeat pollution and save the world!”
- Epoch Media’s PENSION$ – “Based on a graphic novel, PENSION$ is the story of a financially strapped college professor who is approached by a mysterious cowboy that presents him with a lucrative opportunity. The job—manipulating the state’s pension program by killing off retirees.”
- Adam Kareem’s Protodroid DeLTA – “A 3D action-platformer set in a beautiful Solarpunk world with a hopeful yet non-utopian vision of the future.”
- Joinplay Games’ Amma: Chronicles of Lost Stars – “A 3D Afrofantasy action-adventure RPG set in a charming world, rich with exploration and narration inspired by the Dogon mythology.”
- Taco Pizza Cat’s KindFolx – “A single player collectible card game dungeon crawler that turns the genre on its head with exciting real time battles. Randomly selected enemies, events, and treasures will make each run different.”
These five game developers will get a total of more than $200,000 split between them; it's unclear if each developer will receive an equal amount of this first round of funding or if each developer is getting a different amount. Specific funding amounts for each game were not disclosed.
Assuming an even split, many people in the industry would make the argument that $40,000 or so is certainly not enough money to complete a game. That's not the purpose of this first round of funding, though — this cash injection is simply to allow them to create playable builds of their games. These playable builds will then be evaluated once they're complete to see if they should receive a larger investment or a publishing contract.
More details on future recipients will be arriving in the coming weeks and months. Black developers or black-led studios can learn more about applying to the fund on its official website.
What's the most interesting game of the first five titles in production via the Humble Black Game Developer Fund? What's your favorite game made by a black creator? Let us know in the comments below!