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Condense Reality secures grant to expand in the Metaverse

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24 November 2022

The Bristol-based virtual event virtuoso company Condense Reality, has secured an Epic MegaGrant. The support will be used to complete development of a plugin for Unreal Engine that will be distributed for free on the UE Marketplace.

Epic Games has committed to providing financial grants to creative, noteworthy, and innovative projects built in and around Unreal Engine, and to project that enhance the open source 3D graphics ecosystem.

Condense Reality's Unreal—and Unity—plugins make it possible for game engine developers to integrate live 3D video into their applications. This opens up a world of opportunities to host genuinely live events in the metaverse.

Epic is a pioneer in interactive entertainment and has been at the forefront of blending real world content into 3D spaces to host events, as demonstrated in the Fortnite SOUNDWAVE SERIES PERFORMANCE WITH AYA NAKAMURA.

Condense technology simplifies the workflow for putting on similar events and enables real-time production by live streaming events into the engine as photorealistic 3D models with meshes, textures and materials. The tech to enable this has been built over the last three years by a team of world leading computer vision researchers and application developers.

Earlier this year, Condense launched its first of a series of dedicated venues for hosting hybrid events with both in-person and in-game audiences. When performing in this venue, performers can be live streamed as a photo realistic 3D representation of themselves inside any game which has integrated our plugin. Because the content is live, any in-game attendees can also interact with the performer. This creates the atmosphere and excitement of a real world music event.

The Epic MegaGrant will enable the company to expedite plans to distribute its UE plugin so that every developer in the world has the opportunity to design and build interactive virtual event spaces and host live events within them.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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