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DragonRuby Game Toolkit

An intuitive 2D game engine. Fast, cross-platform, tiny, hot loaded. · By DragonRuby

This engine lacks a stated license.

A topic by Colin EUMP created 14 days ago Views: 112 Replies: 2
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Yes, I know the main page mentions that it's an unrestricted free license, but that's not actually saying what the license is. There's a price tag on the engine, so it's clearly not copyleft. But the only thing I can find anywhere in the files is the license information for the dependencies. There's even a message at the top of that file discouraging people from actually reading it.

How can you call this a "professional grade" engine and not tell people what they're allowed to do with it? Admittedly, I would only be interested in a making a game with it and perhaps selling the game, but that's only because I'm not sure the engine is easy enough to use. Just last week I came to the understanding that it was fine, according to the license, to hand a copy of Pico-8 to a relative that lives with me so she could dabble in it a bit. I can't tell, even after scouring all the files, whether that'd be legal for me to do with this engine.

It's just two dudes working on it, what do you think they're going to do, sue you? Licensing intricacies are (rightly) not their main concern right now.

Two dudes are still capable of finding a lawyer, especially if any lawyers in their area have pro-bono work they're being encouraged to do. Plus, they refer to this engine on the game page as professional-grade while touting how easily it can export to closed consoles. Regardless of whether you or I care about licensing intricacies, the people who control those consoles definitely would.