In an announcement issued by Epic Games on July 21, it claimed that Sketchfab, the leading web-based 3D content marketplace, has been acquired and become a part of the Epic Games family.
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Originally pitched as the “Vimeo of 3D” when it was launched in 2012, Sketchfab was the first, and the most successful so far to provide a new round of online display services for 3D modelers. It enables 3D modelers to manage, sell, and purchase 3D assets on the website.
The feature that allows users to view 3D models in a web browser made it popular quickly back then, and its subsequent 3D model buy & sales function has retained a large user group for it.
The financial terms of the acquisition have not yet been announced, but Sketchfab will “remain an independently branded service” and will continue to support all 90 of the DCC, CAD, 3D scanning and game development tools with which it is currently compatible.
In addition, Sketchfab’s store fees will be reduced from 30% to 12%, and the Sketchfab Plus is now free of using.
With the subscription plans upgraded by Epic Games, users now can upload up to 10 models to the site each month, with a maximum file size of 100MB and up to 10 annotations per model for free by subscribing.
3D models can be uploaded to Sketchfab and viewed online in any modern web browser with Pro subscriptions costing €24/month (around $28/month), and Premium subscriptions costing €129/month ($152/month).
For more details, please read the Epic Games’ announcement of the acquisition or the Sketchfab’s official announcement of the acquisition.