Recently, game developer King transferred the source code for the Defold game engine over to a new Defold Foundation where they opened up the source and now they have a new sponsor.
There was a bit of an issue with the initial source opening for Defold, as they initially claimed it was "open source" but their license was tweaked in a way that made it not OSI-approved, making it not open source. Now they've moved over to calling it "source available". With that sorted, they're moving onto bigger things.
Like other such projects, they allow the community to donate money to help development but they also take on corporate sponsors. King, the original copyright holder is currently a "Platinum" partner which provides them around $4,000 a month. Announced today is the inclusion of Heroic Labs as a "Gold" level partner, which should provide them a further $2,000 a month. From the press release:
“We are excited to welcome Heroic Labs as a Defold Foundation corporate partner. We share Heroic Labs passion for open source development and we support their goal to solve the pain points with cloud services and server development. The support for Nakama will make scalable social and multiplayer game development accessible to Defold developers,” said Defold Product Owner Björn Ritzl.
“The attention to detail and stability of the Defold engine has impressed us greatly. The team’s approach with their developer community is inspiring and we’re excited to support and share in their journey as open-source technology providers to the games market. We believe that when you pair our two great technologies together the results will be successful games loved by many”, said Heroic Labs Cofounder & CTO Andrei Mihu.
What interesting, as that Heroic Labs are also one of Godot Engine's sponsors. Part of their plan here is the same as Godot, to get Nakama, their open-source distributed server for social and real-time games and apps (think matchmaking, authentication, leaderboards and so on) supported fully with Defold.