Unreal Engine will no longer be free for all

Unreal Engine and Unity learn a game engine; a 3d render of a cityscape
(Image credit: Epic Games)

Bad news for those using Unreal Engine for VFX or animation this week – or at least for some. Epic Games has confirmed that it will begin charging industries outside gaming to use the 3D graphics engine next year. 

Until now the company has not charged directly for use of Unreal Engine. Instead it charges royalties for projects that surpass $1m in revenue – and only those that use code from the engine. That means that while the developers of big-selling games pay royalties, those who use Unreal Engine for film making and other uses pay nothing. Epic Games now plans to start charging subscription fees on a per-seat basis, but it has clarified that not everyone will be affected (also see our pick of the best 3D apps).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.