If you can prove you're a student, the folks at GitHub will grant you free access to a suite of development tools
that small-scale game makers may find useful.
The offer is part of the extant GitHub Education initiative, and to qualify you'll need to prove you're over the age of 13 and currently enrolled in an academic program. In return, you'll get access to project development aids like credit for the Crowdflower crowdsourcing platform, a hosting plan with the DNSimple DNS management service, and free access to Unreal Engine 4.
Of course, students could already access Unreal Engine 4 at no charge by coaxing their faculty into applying for a free license through Epic's academic licensing program
, which launched last month.
Students who accept a free Unreal Engine 4 license still have to agree to the EULA, under which they are obligated to pay Epic 5 percent of the gross revenues (after $3,000 per calendar quarter) on any game they ship. While that certainly shouldn't stop you from using the software, it's worth noting that the other tools and services on offer through GitHub's free student pack may carry similar limitations.