Facebook has just joined the Blender Development Fund as a corporate level sponsor! Facebook was already developing tools to integrate Blender as a content creation tool in their Spark AR workflow. The addon allows for quick export of models made in Blender into their Spark AR platform via glTF.
— Blender (@Blender) November 19, 2020
Having Facebook on board as a top tier sponsor is a further signal that the creative industries are recognizing Blender as a crucial part of the content creation pipeline. The extra funding also means more developers/developer hours to keep making Blender more awesome by the day!
It is important to note that joining the Blender Development Fund does in no way, shape, or form grant control over Blender or the Blender Foundation. The Blender Development Fund is host to a multitude of corporate and individual donors, contributing to strengthening the open-source mission of Blender and allowing it to grow exponentially faster. The chairman himself couldn't have said it better:
Haha, surprising news! Super cool to get them to support Blender.
(In no way this will take us away from the mission to remain free/open source and to support a better web that serves all of humanity.) https://t.co/Swcninqt4G
— Ton Roosendaal (@tonroosendaal) November 19, 2020