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Epic Games Launching Unreal iOS

Tomorrow marks an epic day in indie game development history. No pun intended. Epic Games will be launching the Unreal Development Kit (UDK) for the IOS.

“Apple’s App Store is the most vibrant market for mobile gaming,” said Epic Chief Executive Mark Rein. “If you’re going to make a game for a mobile device, and you want to make the most money, you’re nuts not to make it for iOS.”

It was stated back in 2009 Game Developer that the Unreal Engine was the most widely used engine in the video games industry. Now there’s no doubt who holds the title for best in class middleware product.

infinity blade

Apple has sold more than 125 million devices using the iOS. Epic has also had their own success on the iOS with their release of “Infinity Blade,” with sales estimated at more than 1.5 million in its first four days on the market. WIth a price tag of $5.99, Apple’s Game Center social network lists more than 300,00 playing users.

UDK is free to use for educational or non-commercial purposes. However, if as a developer you were interested in going commercial epic allows a royalty based business model. As a developer if you’d like to sell your app, there is a $99 USD licensing fee and 25% royalties after the first $5,000 USD in sales.

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