According to journalist Jason Schreier, Unity Technologies Inc. unexpectedly canceled a scheduled meeting and temporarily closed its offices in Austin and San Francisco. The measures were taken after the creators of the game engine received death threats.
Recently, the company’s management has faced criticism from the professional community. The reason for general dissatisfaction was the introduction of a new commission for developers – the Unity Runtime Fee. Under the changed business model, the company plans to charge additional fees to studios based on the number of installations of the games they create.
Industry representatives greeted Unity’s initiative without enthusiasm: the authors of Among Us, Rust and Another Crab’s Treasure immediately condemned the company. Some decided to abandon its engine altogether.