Those who currently subscribe to Unreal Engine 4, listen up! It has been announced that the Unreal Engine is now free for everyone. This is a huge change from the $19/month subscription service. This is a big deal for gamers because the Unreal Engine is a flexible, highly used, and well known engine. If you are a current subscriber you will receive $30 of credit for the Unreal Engine Marketplace to buy and sell Unreal Engine 4 content.
Tim Sweeney, the programmer and the founder of Epic Games stated:
"You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. It’s a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed."