If I stop the subscription, will everything still work? Also If i put the game on my website Can I get ad revenue without paying 5%
Hey guys, I was just wondering first of all, If i buy this software but I cancel the subscription fee, what would I lose? Would I still be able to publish my game for free and make an executable file (exe)? Secondly, does ue4 allow you to publish your file in a format that you can put up on the net for anyone to play? And lastly, Would I be able after cancelling my subscription, put the game on my website for people to play for free but I get money of ads alongside my webpage without paying epic 5% of my revenue.
I won't be getting actual money, this is why i'm asking this, i'll be getting ebay giftcards instead because i'm too young to get paid.
There are a lot of answers here, some somewhat conflicting, so I wanted to give an official response:
On the last point, I see you've posted a separate AnswerHub question, so I'll go into more detail there.
answered Jun 06 '14 at 08:25 PM
When you cancel your subscription, you no longer receive any new updates, you won't receive new marketplace content either.
As far as I know, you aren't allowed to publish your game at all if you aren't under subscription. There is a html compiler, but I have yet to find out how to use it.
That would breach your terms and conditions. You ARE required to pay your subscription AND 5% revenue to Epic if you want to publish. Think about it:
You pay to use their tools. You decide not to pay them anymore, and then put ads into your game, to make money, but not give Epic any. How is that fair on them?
EDIT: And besides, if you're making money off the ads, let's assume you make $100. You only have to pay Epic $5 in revenue.
Once your subscription ends you won't receive support of the same quality (or perhaps at all) that subscribers receive. While this technically doesn't stop you from continuing to use it, this may not always be true.
However content produced with the Unreal Engine framework will always be under the original agreement - you'll still owe 5% of any revenue you make.
That said I'd read the terms and conditions closely to get an actual answer, as nobody here is a lawyer and even lawyer opinions differ.
I'd be inclined to say there's no moral obligation to remain a subscriber but you should hold up your end of the bargain and discuss with Epic how to give them their cut.
Perhaps more information and clearer guidelines will be out by the time we can actually release games with a working distributable.
answered Jun 06 '14 at 06:20 AM
From the New User FAQ regarding cancelling your subscription:
Your subscription also enables deployment, so that is gone when you cancel as well. From the FAQ again:
Deploying an HTML5 game is currently experimental so it's not available in the Launcher version of UE4. You'll have to compile source from Github, which requires an active subscription. Read this documentation to get started:
i NOW HATE EPIC!!!! i made an account and it asked me for my paypal, i then typed in my paypal account and then proceeded, only to find out those FOOLS have taken £12, not from my paypal, but from my CARD! WHERE IS THE FREE VERSION, I SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO A DISCOUNT OF SORTS!
answered Jul 25 '14 at 11:31 PM
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