Paying 5% Royalty
I just wanted to ask if I were to release a game on Steam (or in general), and it went through the whole green light process and got selected, if I released the game as free, will I still need to pay the 5% royalty?
asked Nov 30 '15 at 10:32 PM in Legal & Licensing
The process here is rather straightforward, to be honest. Essentially, if you earn no revenue from your game, then you do not pay royalty fees to Epic. However, if you release the game as "free-to-play", but offer in-app purchases or it is supported by advertising, then you will have to pay these fees.
It is, however, worth noting that royalty fees are only paid after the first $3,000 per calender quarter, as explained below:
Similarly, if you choose to secure funding for your project via Kickstarter or a similar crowd-funding platform, this is also subject to royalty fees. This is something to keep in mind.
There's additional information on the royalty fees to be found here: https://www.unrealengine.com/faq#legal
answered Jan 07 '16 at 02:05 PM
If you do not profit, you do not pay. If you release the game as "free," but make money off paid content then you still have to pay the royalties.
answered Nov 30 '15 at 11:15 PM
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