Just before Christmas Global Game Jam Inc.™ (GGJ) organizers announced that character creation and animation innovator Mixamo will be a sponsor of the upcoming Global Game Jam 2013. Mixamo will support GGJ13 participants by enabling them to leverage the company’s massive collection of animation services and assets.
Through this sponsorship, Global Game Jam participants will be offered credits to get access to an extensive online platform that will enable them to quickly and painlessly create, rig and animate 3D characters. Using Mixamo will save participants hours of work and will enable them to focus on innovative game design, teamwork, and project development. Only members of registered GGJ teams will be given access to these valuable resources.
“The 2013 Global Game Jam gives us the opportunity to support game development and emerging talent as they work to develop innovative games around a common theme,” said Stefano Corazza, Mixamo co-founder and CEO. “Like Mixamo, the Global Game Jam is about promoting the game development community, its creativity, artistry and sense of innovation. We are very proud to be a sponsor this year, and to offer a massive amount of Mixamo credits providing participants with a huge shortcut, saving them valuable time and effort.”
“There is so much to do in an event like the Global Game Jam, we have always looked for new tools that can enable GGJ participants to expedite their development,” said Susan Gold, president of the Global Game Jam. “We now have a set of incredible art tools that will help round out the development efforts of our attendees and result in even more polished games.”
Mixamo offers an online platform with support for a vast array of 3D software and engines from Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya to the Unreal Engine (UDK), Blender, modo, Houdini, Cinema4D and more. Mixamo also seamlessly integrates with the Unity engine through its animation store plugin as well as with 3ds Max 2013 via the Autodesk Animation Store, saving developers hours of work in the incredibly short timeframe they have during an event like the Global Game Jam.
Instructions on how to get Mixamo access will be sent to local site organizers and a tutorial video will be available online.