The ongoing issue surrounding Unity continues to make headlines, and there’s likely more to come. Just a few hours ago, we learned that the company was going to backtrack on some fronts, although the extent is unknown. What we do know now is that the creators of Terraria, one of the most popular video games in the industry, have voiced their support for two open-source engines not just through statements but in a more significant way: by financially supporting them.
To be precise, and according to the statement posted on Twitter, the development team has been “watching recent events related to Unity with both interest and sadness.” From there, they comment that it’s “the loss of an engine that was a leader and easy to use against the dark forces” that negatively affects the industry. They unequivocally condemn and reject the recent changes.
“We don’t believe a simple public statement is enough. Even if Unity were to reverse its policies and statements, the shattered trust won’t easily be restored. We firmly believe that it is equally important to support some of the other emerging open-source game engines now,” they clarify.
Right after this, the folks at Re-Logic get straight to the point: they are going to donate $100,000 to Godot and another $100,000 to FNA, two open-source engines. In addition to this, there will be an additional payment of $1,000 per month for life (or until the studio decides to stop, of course).
Re-Logic hopes that these contributions will “accelerate and strengthen” the open-source engines so that they can “empower and assist studios struggling with how to proceed in these recent situations.” They conclude by saying, “We must light some candles in a dark moment.”
Unity is inadvertently giving life to its competitors due to its own mistakes.
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