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Unity apologises for the new runtime fee, say they will make changes

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After leaving developers furious for nearly a whole week after the recent announcement of making developers pay for game installs, Unity put up a fresh statement. I really do suggest you read that previous link for context, where I went over various issues.

The statement from Unity posted on X is as follows: "We have heard you. We apologize for the confusion and angst the runtime fee policy we announced on Tuesday caused. We are listening, talking to our team members, community, customers, and partners, and will be making changes to the policy. We will share an update in a couple of days. Thank you for your honest and critical feedback."

So right now game developers have to wait and see what changes Unity come up with. For some, nothing short of entirely reversing it will do. Plenty of developers are already quite unhappy with the latest statement since it has nothing of actual substance after waiting nearly a week.

The problem is, as said by many developers, the trust has been broken. They've shown a total disregard for game developers since they're willing to change the terms on them at any point. Even if they put in protections against that, as shown before, they could just remove them again. How can a company rebuild trust when it has been so badly broken? It certainly will be interesting to see what they actually do.

Looks like we're in for an interesting week ahead for the industry…

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dpanter Sep 18, 2023
Nope, not buying the bullshit. The writing was on the wall a few years ago with the IPO fiasco, this is simply confirmation of the fact. Zero trust. LETS GO GODOT!
Romlok Sep 18, 2023
QuoteWe apologize for the confusion and angst the runtime fee policy we announced on Tuesday caused.
This, ladies, gentlemen, and everyone between and beyond; is a classic example of what we call a "non-apology". They're not apologising for what they did, nor admitting that they were wrong to do it. They're apologising for making you feel bad about what they did.

"I'm sorry you feel that way"
Ehvis Sep 18, 2023
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I think there is already a multipart Southpark episode for this one. You only need to replace the BP CEO with the EA guy from Unity.
robertosf92 Sep 18, 2023
Late, they have lost all confidence from people.

Godot is the way to go for most indie devs now
Sakuretsu Sep 18, 2023
Quoting: Romlok
QuoteWe apologize for the confusion and angst the runtime fee policy we announced on Tuesday caused.
This, ladies, gentlemen, and everyone between and beyond; is a classic example of what we call a "non-apology". They're not apologising for what they did, nor admitting that they were wrong to do it. They're apologising for making you feel bad about what they did.

"I'm sorry you feel that way"
They're apologizing because they "got caught" or in other words they're apologizing because the repercussion turned out to be negative enough for them to care.
Sanaka3 Sep 18, 2023
that apology message of theirs feels like any other corporate apology. same "we heard you", same "confusion/misunderstanding", almost like it's made from a template
MayeulC Sep 18, 2023
Quoting: FurysparkThe only way they are likely to rebuild trust is by publicly executing John Rikitikitaco and all the other wretches who thought this was a good idea. Or at the very least, the next best thing to execution.
Eh, let's not, please, that sounds a bit too violent and disproportionate. Let's not incite towards violence. It's a case of corporate greed, so... Just turn it into a nonprofit? :P

Personally, I'm eager to see if the multiple existing Unity -> Godot converters will be improved. I also hope that the studios that complained start donating to Godot, at least a token amount.
StalePopcorn Sep 18, 2023
To paraphrase; "We're sorry you feel that way…" asshole gaslighting.
TheRiddick Sep 18, 2023
Honestly they should have just announced a flat %5-10 charge free after a certain point like what EPIC etc does. This method of monetization is too convoluted. Also the its clear its all for the share holders..
CatKiller Sep 18, 2023
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Quoting: MayeulCI also hope that the studios that complained start donating to Godot, at least a token amount.
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