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Unity and Its Current State

By Mike Lee

October 17, 2023

UPDATED 12:00PM EST




What is Unity?


Unity is a powerful game development platform that enables creators to bring their visions to life. Whether you're thinking about designing a simple mobile app or a high-end PC game, Unity provides the tools and resources to make that happen.


In the past decade, Unity has been a favorite platform among countless programmers for various reasons.


Community: With millions of developers around the world using Unity, there's a vast online community ready to help, discuss, and share. Whether it's troubleshooting or seeking advice, someone's likely faced the same challenge before.


Tutorials and Learning: Unity provides a range of tutorials, documentation, and online courses – from beginner to advanced levels.


Flexible Pricing: For beginners and hobbyists, Unity offers a free version. As you advance or if you decide to go professional, there are paid versions with more features.


Performance: Unity's engine is optimized for both high-end graphics and smoother gameplay, ensuring your games run smoothly across different devices.


However, most recently, a controversy sparked as Unity announced their plans to add a 'Runtime Fee', signifying that each time a game is downloaded, the developer of that game will be charged.


Thankfully, Unity did in fact note that developers who use “Unity's free services will be charged $0.20 (£0.16) every time their game is downloaded - but only if the game makes $200,000 in 12 months and is downloaded over 200,000 times. [1]“


At first glance, it may seem like a selfish profit-oriented decision of Unity, but there is more to this conclusion Unity arrived at. You see, despite being one of the biggest platforms for apps and video games, Unity has been unable to gather significant profits. The company has been laying-off its employees, and bug fixes and new features have also been slowed down as a result.


Either way, the new fees will definitely boost Unity’s revenue and allow it to profit more than it has in the past. But considering the various alternatives to Unity, it seems as though many developers, especially those running a non-corporate project, will be discouraged from utilizing Unity in the future.


References

[1] Jake Levison, news reporter. “Unity: Why Are Developers so Angry about the Game Engine’s New Fees?” Sky News, Sky, 15 Sept. 2023, news.sky.com/story/unity-why-are-developers-so-angry-about-the-game-engines-new-fees-12961744#:~:text=What%20are%20the%20changes%3F,of%20that%20game%20is%20charged.

[2] “Unity Plan Pricing and Packaging Updates.” Unity Blog, blog.unity.com/news/plan-pricing-and-packaging-updates. Accessed 17 Sept. 2023.

[3] Wilde, Thomas. “Here’s Why so Many Video Game Developers Are Suddenly Abandoning the Unity Engine.” GeekWire, 15 Sept. 2023, www.geekwire.com/2023/heres-why-so-many-video-game-developers-are-suddenly-abandoning-the-unity-engine/#:~:text=%E2%80%9CBecause%20revenue%20and%20profit%20aren,in%20an%20email%20to%20GeekWire.




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