With all the stuff about marketing and sales, it's sometimes easy to forget the sense of community and giving that is supposed to define the holiday season. What, in theory, should be the least capitalist holidays in the world, have been in many ways taken over by companies looking to make money. That's why it is always nice to see things like the Devdog Unity Gamedev Christmas Calendar that brings together a community to share things, even if there is a sprinkle of capitalist marketing involved.
Set to begin on December 1st, Devdog is calling this, "the Biggest Christmas Giveaway Calendar the Unity game development community has ever seen", with a total prize pool being well over $15, 000. They have managed to get over 50 sponsors from the event, starting with the big wigs at Unity itself, and among various partners throughout the industry. Here are a few of the biggest prizes:
- 1 Year Unity Pro License and Unity Unite 2017 Ticket ($2000 in total)
- Nordic Game Jam sponsored 5 tickets to their game jam in 2017 ($575 in total)
- Pocket Gamer Connects sponsored a VIP Ticket for their PG Connects Event ($1500)
- &u Assets sponsored over 20+ vouchers.
- Jean Moreno (JMO) sponsored over 20+ vouchers.
- Carlos Wilkes sponsored 10 vouchers.
Reaching out to Devdog, we asked why they organized the calendar, and this is what they had to say:
Game developers have delivered hours on end of entertainment and joy to many a gamer on Christmas Day, but it seemed to us the game developers themselves were always overlooked. But no more of that! So we sat down, crunched some numbers and... well, honestly we just spammed a whole bunch of awesome fellow games tool and software developers, hoping they'd jump on board. And they did! So for every Christmas from now on, all Unity game developers will have a chance at winning an early Christmas present - and next year, the event will be even bigger ;)If you want to learn more about the Christmas Calendar, check out the Devdog blog post and if you want to sign up for it, here's the Christmas Calendar.