In a move that will definitely make people happy, YoYo Games, the company behind the popular game development platform GameMaker, has announced that the software will now be free for non-commercial us
GameMaker has been a favorite among game developers who make simpler games, and it was announced through Twitter that it’s free for non-commercial use. Under the new pricing model, non-commercial users will have access to the full functionality of GameMaker, enabling them to create and share their games.
This includes the ability to export games to desktop platforms (Windows, macOS, and Linux) and web platforms if they don’t come with a cost attached. Non-commercial users can also use GameMaker to make animated live wallpapers.
The GameMaker Terms of Service have also been simplified and divided into two parts: the general usage Terms of Service for the IDE and associated services, and the Runtime License associated with your purchase. You will receive a copy of the Runtime License when you purchase a GameMaker License.
Non-commercial educational use of GameMaker is also now free. This includes exports to desktop platforms (Windows, macOS, Linux) and consoles. Educators are required to have an Education account to access this benefit.
For those who want to make money from their games, there is still a paid option. A one-time Commercial License is available for $99.99, which allows developers to release their games on desktop platforms and web platforms. The Commercial License also includes the ability to export games to consoles.
Experienced developers and professionals can still opt for the Enterprise subscription, which provides a scalable option for teams of developers. The Enterprise subscription includes all the features of the Commercial License, plus additional features such as advanced multiplayer, mobile export, and custom builds.
If you have an old Creator or Indie subscription, it will not be renewed when it expires. You will need to purchase a Commercial License or Enterprise subscription. You could also get a discount on a Commercial License if you’ve been purchasing them for the yearly cost previously.
That’s all the important parts, and if you’ve been interested in making games, I’d say that Game Maker is much simpler to use than Unreal or Unity. Try it out, there’s nothing to lose.