Today we have some really exciting news to share with you, something which we have been planning for quite some time:
Defold is finally making all of our source code available to the community!
Today, on the 19th of May, King is announcing that the Defold game engine is available as a free and open project. As part of this process King will transfer Defold to a software foundation; the Defold Foundation. The Defold Foundation will take full ownership of the Defold product and services, including the website, build servers, user forum and social media channels. The source code is available on GitHub.
“We are immensely proud to be able to make the Defold source code available and open to contributions and we’re eager to start the journey as a free and open game engine together with our great community of game developers building games using Defold. We would also wish to thank King for believing in our vision and entrusting Defold to the Defold Foundation.” says Björn Ritzl, Product Owner, the Defold Foundation.
Developers from the original development team will leave King to work full time on Defold on behalf of the Defold Foundation. The foundation will work closely with the developer community and industry partners to drive new development in 2020 and beyond.
The Defold Foundation board will be headed by Sara Cederberg (King) and include industry profiles such as Elin Eriksson (Women in Tech Sweden).
“We’re hugely impressed by the Defold team, and look forward to seeing many great gaming experiences come to life. We’ve seen millions of players already playing the King games run on the Defold engine and we’re excited to see the community come together even more, with the support of the Defold Foundation.” says Tjodolf Sommestad, Chief Development Officer, King.
The above announcement, information about the source code launch, how to contribute and how to support the foundation is all part of our new section on the Defold website. But before you head over to check out the new content we encourage you to read the rest of this post to learn a bit more about the foundation, the new license and how to get in touch with us if you have any questions.
The Defold Foundation
The Defold Foundation is a completely independent legal entity with full ownership of Defold. King will have a seat on the Defold Foundation board, but will no longer have any direct influence on the development direction of Defold. King will still use Defold for selected live games.
As was mentioned in the announcement above some of the developers from the original development team will leave King to work full time on Defold on behalf of the Defold Foundation.
This transition is done in complete agreement between all involved parties. By handing over Defold to the Defold Foundation we believe it gives a lot of credibility to Defold as a strong and independent open source game engine.
Code and license
We will make all parts of Defold including the engine, editor and build server source code available on GitHub with a developer-friendly license. The new license means that there will no longer be any restrictions on the kind of games and applications you can create with Defold, as long as you stick to the license terms.
We will also take the opportunity to simplify the Terms and Conditions for the website, forum and additional materials such as project templates.
We understand that this is big news and potentially a big change for you. We will do everything we can to continue to provide a great game engine to you so that you can continue to focus on making great games!
If you have any questions regarding this announcement we hope you will get in touch with us:
- Post your question in the Source Code category here on the forum
- Ask us on Slack in the #sourcecode channel
- Send an email to email@example.com
We have also prepared an FAQ that might answer some of your questions.