We are excited to introduce a major improvement in funding the development efforts of the Godot Engine – the Godot Development Fund! The goal for the Development Fund is to create a direct way for everyone to help us secure stable funding and ensure the longevity of the project.
The Development Fund was soft-launched in July and already welcomed a lot of new and old sponsors, but we need to take it to the next level to sustain the current development pace, and increase it with new hires.
Reducing platform fees, amplifying impact
The Development Fund will make the Godot Project more sustainable and independent. This new platform lets us significantly reduce platform fees, and as a non-profit we do not charge VAT on donations, unlike a platform like Patreon does. So your contributions go directly towards the development and improvement of the Godot Engine itself.
The support of the community is what keeps making it possible to reach new heights. With you, we can achieve even more!
Every donation, no matter the size, helps us immensely! With your help we can hire more developers, create high quality demos, pay for hosting services and infrastructure, and make the best possible Godot Engine. The more funds we have, the more we can give back to you and the entire gamedev community.
While this is a good, fully functioning starting point for the platform, we will keep improving the Developer Fund.
In the future, the platform will give automated rewards, like a special Discord role, and you’ll be able to showcase your contribution level next to your username on our main platforms.
Freedom and independence
By relying more on recurring user-funded contributions and company sponsorships, we reduce our dependence on large one-time grants from corporations. This financial independence empowers us to prioritize the needs and interests of our community and the open source principles at the core of our projects. Your help ensures that we can create our own journey, uphold our core values, and continue to evolve the engine in ways that truly benefit you, the users.
A heartfelt thanks
We would like to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for your ongoing support, dedication, and passion for Godot. It’s thanks to you and our amazing community that the Godot Engine is what it is today. Let’s continue to make it the game engine of choice for developers worldwide!
We absolutely understand that not everyone can donate. In that case, please share the Godot Dev Fund link! Spreading the word is an excellent way to help.
Join us at the Godot Development Fund.
Thank you for making it all possible.
Source: Godot Engine Official