Main concern I would guess people may have with it is the power King keeps to force any dev to stop using Defold software and stop distributing games made with Defold software if they wish to update them. I don’t believe King would do this, but imagine a competitor comes along and tries to compete with King’s library of games using Defold. At any time, based on these terms (because King is more or less the sole opinion that matters for where there is interpretation involved for what breaks the terms), King could force them to move to pull their games and switch to a different engine. I’ll restate again I don’t believe King would do this I am only highlighting some areas others may have concerns.
you will no longer be entitled to use the Defold Software in any Games that you have created prior to the date of cancellation, even if you have published such Games via a third party publication platform.
you will, however, be entitled to continue to use the Defold Software in any Games that you have created prior to the date of cancellation for the life of such Games, PROVIDED THAT such continued use shall remain governed by these Terms.
Of course these are Cover Your Ass terms lawyers want. And I’m pretty sure that other engines have similar clauses but it’s still chilling for some people.
https://unity3d.com/legal/terms-of-service (actually these terms are even harsher! not sure if they have ever actually used them to shut a dev down though)
What I would prefer is to just require devs to in no way show association with the engine. So they can’t say Made With Defold or have Defold logo in their games. I think either Unreal or Unity does this with adult games. Maybe that’s something to think about too. As long as people are not breaking any laws with what they publish, if you ask a developer to not associate a game with the engine label then that is fair to require them not to.
2.1 Please note that in order to create an account with us: You will need a Google email address
There’s another annoying thing is that currently there is no officially kosher way to link to the Defold software for download without having an account. It should be made a priority to include agreeing to the terms in the launcher whenever it changes so that people can download the software without needing an account. It will be another thing to reduce friction.
Another section I don’t like because of the bold parts
3.2 As a further condition of these Defold Licence Terms, you may not use or incorporate or distribute the Defold Software in any Games which:
could reasonably be viewed as unlawful, harmful, harassing, defamatory, obscene or otherwise objectionable;
There are many things people find objectionable. Of course the only person who matters here is what King thinks is objectionable, which people may not know. Again I’d prefer to simply leave it as prohibiting unlawful use (which covers most of the others listed), and giving King full discretion to prohibit a developer from saying they are using the Defold software / linking to it / using the logos in splashes or credits etc.
The word obscene itself could be interpreted to say no adult games can be made with Defold software. I know there is at least one in development for a long time. Is it obscene or not, should that dev fear or not?
or could reasonably be viewed as likely to incite violence
A lot of people think video games cause people to become violent despite the scientific studies which say otherwise. But still the only opinion is King’s on this so can violent games be made or not? Well, some ideologues even think the game doesn’t have to be necessarily graphically violent to cause people to be violent, they just have to have certain qualities which some people think reinforce whatever behaviors an activist may see as bad for society and the cause for violent behavior.
What if a South Park game was made with Defold? Would it break the terms with how crude and rude that IP can be? Or what about Rick and Morty? It’s often just as crude, violent and lewd.
I still have full faith in Defold and King and don’t believe they would abuse the power they have.