Forums / Media / Video Games

38,239 total conversations in 2,651 threads

+ New Thread


Unity is planning on charging devs per install

Last posted Sep 12, 2023 at 09:16PM EDT. Added Sep 12, 2023 at 02:17PM EDT
6 posts from 6 users

https://blog.unity.com/news/plan-pricing-and-packaging-updates

Unity, in their infinite wisdom, is planning on charging developers $0.20 per install once they hit a certain point. This counter counts installs directly, so demos, FTP downloads, and possibly even pirating a game will cost devs 20 cents when they hit the point.
Also, on the chopping block is the unity plus subscription, meaning the only way for a game to not have an ugly splash screen is to shell out 100+ dollars a month for the pro subscription.

This will probably have a decently big effect on the indie game sphere, sucks that a perfectly good engine with good games had to be enshittified like this

The CEO of Unity Technologies is also the former CEO of EA who was a part of the company when EA began to become REALLY scummy, so sadly not surprised. And yeah it sucks too because Unity is an engine that can be put to super great use, especially by indies, but the CEO is just fucking everyone over.

I feel like this will just push devs to move over to unreal engine. There's not a whole lot of competition on the market when it comes to creation platforms. The only other platform besides unreal that I'd consider would be Godot and maybe some interest in gamemaker (which isn't good for 3d development).

Mistress Fortune wrote:

The CEO of Unity Technologies is also the former CEO of EA who was a part of the company when EA began to become REALLY scummy, so sadly not surprised. And yeah it sucks too because Unity is an engine that can be put to super great use, especially by indies, but the CEO is just fucking everyone over.

Huh. You know, that actually makes a lot of sense.

"Literally charge them for every download" is definitely the type of idea EA would have, especially at its scummiest.

Howdy! You must login or signup first!