Want to build a mobile game? The Unity engine for mobile development is now free!

May 21, 2013
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There is an explosive amount of developers already making games for mobile platforms, and hundreds of thousands more that want to make games for Android, iOS, etc. The problem? Not everyone can afford the tools needed to begin. There’s good news though, folks! Unity Technologies has made their Android and iOS package free of charge. The original $800 price tag has gone the way of the dinosaur.

Simply update Unity, and you’ll be able to publish your games and apps on Android and iOS in the build menu. Developers will be able to put their games on BlackBerry and Windows Phone 8 at no charge when they become available too.

The tools are free for independent developers and small studios. However, “companies and other “incorporated entities” (you know who you are) with a turnover in excess of $100,000 in their previous fiscal year are required to use our paid version,” Unity Technologies CEO David Helgason said.

A few years ago, Unity made their indie license free from $200. By doing that, their community grew from 13,000 developers to just shy of 2.2 million today. As a result, some breathtaking creations were released on the PC, such as Windward. Let’s hope something similar happens on mobile platforms now.

Now that Unity is free for Android, do you plan on creating a game on the successful mobile platform? Better yet, do you think this new step will boost mobile gaming in general?

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