Valve has announced that Source 2, the company’s new internal development software, is not only free to download, but everyone can use it free of charge, royalties or percentages.

Now, in the real world there is no such thing as “no strings attached”, but in the case of Source 2, you can barely see them. The only thing developers using the engine must agree to is that their game must be released on Steam so that Valve can at least make a little money from the sales.

The company was quick to reassure developers that they can still release their Source 2 games through other mediums, such as the PlayStation store, Xbox Marketplace, or physical distribution. It is only that the same exact game must be available through Steam as well as those services.

This is a very small price to pay in comparison to the whole “free-to-use” concept, and it’s the exact opposite of corporate greed. So starving artists rejoice – you can finally develop your ideas with an unprecedented amount of freedom that is only limited by your imagination (and Steam’s terms of use).

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