Unity, the widely-used cross-platform game and media development engine, has reportedly decided to reverse its controversial new fee structure following intense backlash from developers1. The company had announced a new fee structure that would assess a $0.20 fee per install of a game once the title had sold 200,000 copies and the developer had taken in $200,000 in revenue1. This announcement sparked outrage among developers, with many threatening to take their games offline or delay further development in order to port them to a different engine.
The new fee structure was seen as destructive and unfair by many developers, particularly those who rely on ad revenue or in-game monetization1. The fees could have resulted in enormous costs for developers, particularly if their game experienced a sudden spike in sales or topped the App Store list.
In response to the backlash, Unity is now reportedly looking to walk back the announcement. The company has announced that there will be no Runtime Fee on games built on Unity Personal, which will remain free2. They will also be increasing the financial threshold of Unity Personal from $100,000 to $200,000 and will remove the requirement to use the Made with Unity splash screen.
Unity’s decision to reverse its new fee structure demonstrates the power of collective action among developers. It also underscores the importance of fair and transparent pricing structures in maintaining trust within the developer community.
It is with mixed emotions that we announce the shutdown of Nostalgea as an overworld map. Despite our efforts to create a vibrant virtual world for our users to explore and build upon, we found that most people bought Nostalgea parcels with no intention to build and instead were looking to flip the land on the secondary market, while many that were building left during the bear market. As a result, most of the land remained inactive and unexplored.
After much consideration, we have decided to consolidate Nostalgea into a Warp Zone within the arcade. This will make it easier for users to find and explore the spaces that are being built within the community. Anybody that owns a Nostalgea land NFT can have their parcels listed within the Warp Zone. Additionally, we have new partnerships on the way to add to the arcade experience and drive more traffic to your builds.
Through a partnership with Gather, Nostalgea parcels were able to host 150 users at once for free, which would normally cost $1050/month. Unfortunately nobody took advantage of the capacity boost so the promotional partnership ended. Soon after, Gather reduced its standard user capacity from 25 to 10, making the Nostalgea overworld map not very useful, which also led to the decision to consolidate it into a Warp Zone.
We want to thank those who did take the time and effort to build on their Nostalgea parcels. We know how much work goes into creating a virtual space, and we are sorry that the lack of activity on the overworld map made it difficult for your creations to be discovered. We hope to remedy that through the new Warp Zone setup.
Moving forward, we will be using the arcade to focus more on spotlighting playable web3 games, NFT art and music. We will continue to host treasure hunts and contests to win art and NFT gaming assets, and will be partnering with more projects to provide more rewards for NFT holders and community members.
Thank you for being a part of the Nostalgea community, and we hope to see you in the arcade.
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