Devs debate Adobe Flash 'speed tax'

Adobe has come under fire for announcing that ‘premium features’ of Flash will require a license from August. A press release stated that apps generating over $50,000 will be liable for nine per cent in revenue sharing after taxes, payment processing fees and social network platform fees.

Adobe added that said licensing will only be needed when both ApplicationDomain.domainMemory and Stage3D.request3DContext are used. However, lead developer Nicolas Cannasse said in a blog post that the plans amount to a speed tax. Within, he argued Adobe wasn’t providing real ‘premium features’ to games developers, and was instead restricting access to Alchemy opcodes that boost performance.

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