Unity is preparing to announce major changes to its controversial Runtime Fee install policy. Announced last week, it asked all developers who reached specific thresholds to pay a fee for the first game installation on any single device.
The policy sparked a major uproar in the Unity development community, forcing the company to reconsider. While the changes aren't official yet, Bloomberg got hold of a meeting recording where Unity executives outlined the new plan, which reportedly caps the Runtime Fee at 4% of the game's revenues over one million dollars. Developers will also be asked to report the installation figures themselves instead of being forced to deal with Unity's proprietary technology. Lastly, the installation threshold won't be retroactive, so only new installations made after the policy's announcement will count toward reaching the Runtime Fee thresholds.
In the meeting, Unity CEO John Riccitiello reportedly said:
I don't think there's any version of this that would have gone down a whole lot differently than what happened. It is a massively transformational change to our business model.
Whether these changes will be enough to win back the trust of the game development community remains to be seen. GamesIndustry.biz spoke to a few developers who don't really believe they can trust Unity going forward:
Ustwo Games chief creative officer Danny Gray: Even if everything was reverted now, the trust is lost, and it will be difficult for Unity to regain the faith of developers, particularly considering changes to the Terms of Service. Communication is important. Hopefully, this is an opportunity to begin a closer dialogue between everyone involved in making games across all studio sizes to find a solution and a wayRead more on wccftech.com