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Unity 5 now includes all features in free licence

03 March 2015 - 05:19 PM

Looks like Unreal aren't alone in awesome new licencing terms -- Unity 5 now includes all engine features in the free Personal Edition, royalty free.


For Unity 5 Personal Edition

May not be licensed or used by a commercial entity with annual gross revenues (based on prior fiscal year) in excess of US$100,000, or by an educational, academic, non-profit or government entity with a total annual budget for the entire entity (based on prior fiscal year) in excess of US$100,000.


The Personal Edition still contains a splash screen, and looks like it may not include deployment to additional platforms -- although it does include all currently supported platforms.


You can see a feature comparison of the Personal and Pro licences HERE.

Unreal Developer Grants

20 February 2015 - 10:28 PM

Just thought I'd share this here, because it will probably be of interest to a lot of people:


Epic are now offering "Unreal Developer Grants" of $5,000-$50,000 to "innovative projects" built "in and around" Unreal Engine 4.  The terms look very unrestrictive (you keep your own IP, can publish anywhere, have no obligations to Epic, etc.) and it sounds like they're casting a pretty wide net as to what applies:


We like games, of course, but we also want to see animated features, architectural visualizations, Marketplace content, mods- anything that will make us say "Whoa." Please send us as much as you can, and working prototypes are best. If you're only at the design doc or scriptwriting stage, keep going.
I think along with the very affordable pricing scheme they now offer this will probably attract more users to Unreal in the hopes of securing such a grant, and although they're obviously doing it to encourage people to buy in to their platform it seems like they're doing it in a very community-friendly way that doesn't necessarily "lock people in" to their platform or stifle people's creativity or take away any control of projects.

Creativity exercise - create an "elevator pitch"

20 January 2015 - 06:30 AM

It's widely accepted that it's good to practice creativity, and I thought it might be a bit of fun to have a go at practising as a community with a simple challenge.  You'll get to practice being imaginative, as well as the useful skill of trying to describe a game idea succinctly.



Here's the challenge:


Create an "elevator pitch" -- that is, a very basic high level description that attempts to describe the core essence of a game, no more than 1-2 paragraphs --  based on some of the #5WordIndieGame titles for hypothetical games that people have been making up for a bit of a laugh in response to a tweet from @Team17 last week.  Your description should be as short as you can make it whilst still communicating the hypothetical game in as much detail as possible.  Take your time and revise what you've typed a couple of times before submission, and try to cut out anything you don't need and really make every word count.  Bonus points for wacky and original game concepts -- note that they don't necessarily have to be practical, as they're not actually being made!



  1. Click through, and look through the suggested titles.
  2. Pick one that looks interesting, and write your pitch describing the game this title might go with!
  3. You may optionally include one quick "napkin sketch" mock-up image to help illustrate the idea.
  4. (Positive) Feedback on ideas from other members is encouraged!

If you pick the same title as someone else, try to pitch a different game that might have that title.



I'll submit one or two of my own tomorrow! smile.png

FREE copies of Spriter up for grabs!

23 December 2014 - 03:26 AM

Interested in a FREE copy of 2d modular animation software Spriter?



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Spriter makes it easy for anyone, regardless of experience, to create 2D game animations using a technique called Modular Animation. Individual sprite pieces can be attached to bones and then easily animated with the powerful, yet easy to use toolset. 


You can learn more about Spriter and even download the free version from here: http://www.brashmonkey.com
Steam users can get Spriter here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/332360/
Brashmonkey have kindly donated 4 x Spriter Pro licences (each valued at $59) which we will be giving away in our GDNet Direct email newsletter this coming Thursday, 25th December.  Just sign up from the right-hand sidebar on our homepage (see below image) and make sure you read Thursday's newsletter for details to get yourself in the running.  We're aware that some people are busy for Christmas, so you'll have a number of days in which to read the newsletter and enter.
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FREE copies of Construct 2 up for grabs!

22 November 2014 - 05:12 AM

Interested in a FREE copy of the excellent HTML5 engine Construct 2?



You can now make advanced games or prototype new ideas rapidly without writing a line of code.  Construct 2 does the hard work so you don't have to.  Our highly intuitive event system makes putting your games and ideas together quick and easy!


Download the free edition of Construct 2 right now to give it a go!  Looking for inspiration?  Check out The Next Penelope, Airscape or Cosmochoria - all made in Construct 2!


Scirra have kindly donated 3 x Personal Edition licences (each valued at US$129.99) which we will be giving away in our GDNet Direct email newsletter this coming Tuesday, 25th November.  Just sign up from the right-hand sidebar on our homepage (see below image) and make sure you read Tuesday's newsletter for details to get yourself in the running.

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