Indie developers using the Unity game engine to create their apps for desktop environments have been able to use Unity completely free of charge, and now that same opportunity is coming to folks that want to code mobile apps.
Unity CEO David Helgason announced today that his company will be dropping the $800 licensing fee that developers previously had to pay to use the Unity engine in their Android and iOS apps. Helgason explained that this transition has been in the works for a long time and that it comes with "no strings attached, no royalties and no license fees." He also mentions that the final goal is to democratize app development and allow a lot more people to join this ever expanding field.
The drop in licensing fees only applies to Android and iOS right now, but Helgason said that Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry 10 will show up on this list in the coming months. Those who have already paid the fee can expect an email in the coming weeks with discounts on other purchases.