Unity was at the center of a controversy today, and now competitor Epic Games is spinning the heat. Unity completes future support for the online multiplayer development platform SpatialOS by accessing its Game Development Toolkit. Improbable, the owner and operator of SpatialOS, posted a blog about this corporate mockery, claiming this move threatened the developers. In response, Unreal company Epic and Improbable released a $ 25 million fund for Unity developers. The companies plan to give this money to the studios that use Unity for other tools.
Epic boss Tim Sweeney and the unlikely boss Herman Narula have written a joint blog tonight. In this post, they claim that Unity is driving this change among developers. And they want to help developers, who claim that Unity is hurting them.
"To help developers embarrassed by the new engine and service incompatibilities that are being introduced today, Epic Games and Improbable are jointly creating a $ 25 million fund to help developers transition Engines, services and ecosystems help, "wrote Sweeney and Narula. "This funding will come from a variety of sources including Unreal Dev Grants, Improbable Developer Assistance Funds and Epic Games outlets."
Unity and Unreal are direct competitors. A considerable number of indie developers use one or the other to create their games. And if a studio uses these machines, they have to pay royalties or part of the revenue.
Epic takes this opportunity to highlight one of the differences between himself and Unity. Unreal is a bit more open. And the company uses its Fortnite account to win some converts.
At the same time, Unity defends herself. And it is said that Improbable (and now Epic) is misidentifying the developer threat.
Unity developers are not in legal limbo
In their blog, Epic and the Unlikely claim that Unity developers could face legal consequences if their game is running SpatialOS.
But Unity has already rejected the claim that developers put any developer in a legal limbo.
"Projects currently in production or live The use of SpatialOS is not affected by the actions we have taken with Improbable," wrote Joachim Ante, head of technology at Unity. "We have not told a game developer that Instead, he should stop running a game that uses Improbable as a service. "
Instead, Unity just revoked Improbable's access to Unity, which would prevent new games from using the service, but it should not affect anyone who already owns Unity
Unity: Unlikely to Surprise
Unity Technologies also noted that the effects of SpatialOS were not due to a sudden change in service conditions.
"At the core, streaming and conditions for cloud gaming restrictions are still the same as before," said Ante. "If you want to run your Unity-based game server on your own servers ̵
Ante points out that you can run a Unity game on Amazon Web Services or similar. But Unity Technologies cuts off platforms that add their own development tools to Unity, unless those platforms are an official partner of the company.
Of course this brings with it other problems for developers. This means they either have to run their multiplayer services themselves or work with a proven partner. The current list of authorized Unity platforms is small: Genvid, Hatch, Mixer and PlayStation Now.
And Epic claims that you at Unreal do not have to worry about who Epic did business with. You can close these partnerships.