UE4 or UDK?

The biggest decision one can make when creating a video game is what type of game engine the game will sit on. The industry has evolved over the past few years giving more access to the independent studios. In the past we could not afford engines like the Unreal Engine. It would have cost over $100,000 just for the licensing. So to make the decision abit easier for you I have broken it down.



If the game is absolutely free to play and there is no commercial aspect to it then you’re welcome to do so under the End User License Agreement. But some free games still require a license. If your game is free but is used to advertise a product or service you need a license for that. If your game is free to download and play but you sell content, services or products within your game that also requires a commercial license. If you’re uncertain about whether you require a commercial license or not please email the particulars about your situation to UDKlicensing@epicgames.com and we’ll be happy to answer you.

FREE until you make over $50,00 in revenue –> 25% there after. Here is a good scenario.

A team creates a game with UDK that they intend to sell. After six months of development, they release the game through digital distribution and they earn US$60,000 in the first calendar quarter after release. Their use of UDK during development requires no fee. At some point prior to the UDK Applications’srelease they would to secure a royalty-bearing commercial UDK license with its US$99 license fee. After earning US$60,000, they would be required to pay Epic US$2,500 (US$0 on the first US$50,000 in revenue, and US$2,500 on the next US$10,000 in revenue). On subsequent revenue, they are required to pay the 25% royalty.

System Requirements:

  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • 2.0+ GHz multi-core processor
  • 8 GB System RAM
  • NVIDIA 8000 series or higher graphics card
  • Plenty of HDD space

I Recommend the following specs:

  • Intel i7 – 3770 ( 4 cores with 8 threads)
  • 8gig DDR3 Ram
  • AMD R9 295×2 ( 8 gig GDDR 5)
  • 1T HDD space


The pricing model is quite simple. I think they realized that its allot easier to make money of the dream of individuals than the big corporations. In anycase, I welcome the price and the cut they take.

UE4 costs $19.99 and they take +5% of any profit you make…if any.

System Requirements:

  • Desktop PC or Mac
  • Windows 7 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.9.2 or later
  • Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster
  • NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher
  • 8 GB RAM

Direct X 11 Capable Video Card.