50k Royalties work-around

I know that once youve earnt around 50k from a game you have to start paying unity devs (as in royalties, etc) but if i release my game for free and put a paypal button for donations… do i still have to abide by the 50k rule?


The answer is most likely yes. If you make more than $100,000 off of your game (whether you pay for the game or ask people to donate after playing) you’re probably in violation of the Unity Free terms. Even if you have donate button now, then release your game, and suddenly your donations surge, then that income was from your game.

Again though, I tell people this all the time, if you’re actually going to make $100,000 either from sales or donations, man up and pay for the full license. Stop trying to cheat Unity.

I am not a lawyer and my words and advice carry no legal weight

There is no “50K” rule, or “earning money from a game” rule either. Legal Information

“Unity Free, which include the free platform add-on products, may not be licensed or used by a commercial entity with annual gross revenues (based on prior fiscal year) in excess of US$100,000, or by an educational, academic, non-profit or government entity with a total annual budget for the entire entity (based on prior fiscal year) in excess of US$100,000.”