Also, check out Kiwi Run, an early GC DevKit launch title. You can go ahead and play the game directly on the web, or just download it on your iOS (iTunes store) or Android device (Play Store). Kiwi Run is a fantastic game with nearly a million players since release two months ago, and I hope it will make the potential and possibilities of DevKit real to you!
- GC DevKit is the best 2D mobile game engine in the world. If we find a weakness or this turns out not to be true, we’ll fix it.
- GC DevKit is always production ready. It is incredibly stable; check out Kiwi Run’s rating, it’s a 4.7 across many thousands of reviews. We made sure that the core engine is fast, 8000-sprites-on-the-screen fast. We created a UI system that can handle every aspect ratio, size, and type of device, and tooling to go with it. We made the process of distributing games on the App Store and Play store easy.
We chose a dual-licensing strategy with the GPLv3 and the Game Closure Free License (GCFL) (you can read more about both on our licensing page). We tried very hard to make the core of the GCFL fit on a single page; it does, and it’s incredibly easy to read and understand. The idea here is to make sure that everyone who is benefiting from our ecosystem is also contributing back their modifications and improvements to DevKit. But we also want to allow studios and developers to create proprietary, closed-source, and for-profit games, completely free of charge.
Our primary goal here is to get this technology in the hands of many, many developers, and along the way we’d also like to build a strong community of collaboration and participation. We have a guide for Contributors that outlines our Contributor License Agreement (CLA) which is very similar to the agreements you see in most open source projects, like nodejs, dojo, and Apache. The goal is for us to retain ownership of the code base so that we can protect users under both the GPL and the GCFL. The CLA and the licensing is designed so that users under either license will need to contribute code back for the good of the entire community.
Other than our required CLA, we intend to run the github project similarly to other Open Source github projects out there, complete with branches, pull requests, a mailing list… the works.