Pricing of Construct 2?

  • I don't see a problem with the name. It's perfectly accurate to call it the free edition, because it is free. Perhaps it's a difficult point that people in other countries can't afford the prices we set right now due to differences in economies. This is something we want to work on - other stores can offer different prices to different countries, but it requires some technical work to set up, and has to be done with great care to work accurately and not upset anyone by showing them cheaper prices that are not available to them. I guess we'll do this in future, it's just we have very limited resources so we can't just make it happen instantly.

    It's not without some regret that we encourage people who can't afford it right now to use the free edition. We don't like pricing anyone out of using C2. It's just the above issue: we currently can only offer the same price worldwide, and that price has to reflect the reality of running a business in our economy. Yes, it's unfair. No, we don't like it. We hope to do something about it at some point. In the mean time, we suggest using the free edition as a workaround for small projects that fit within the free limits - which is likely to be anyone new's projects for the first few weeks while they get to grips with C2. It's better than nothing, which is why we suggest it.

    We're not trying to screw anyone over nor disdainfully ignore those who can't afford it. It's just a tricky issue for a small business to set a worldwide price. I'm hoping we can do something to level it out soon.

  • > So all I'm asking for was to not call it free, and to not offer it as an alternative for those people who can't afford the standard license because of their economy.

    I normally agree with Tulamide on things, but come on?! Are we really debating whether the free version of Construct is called free or not? This is standard business practice to give away a reduced version of the software for free in hopes that people will like it and by the full version. A demo version is more of something that is time limited that you test out but can't use longterm. It sounds lame to call it the "reduced version" or "limited version". It's free, you can make games with it and if you want to make bigger games then buy the program...that is how it is supposed to work.

    Really, should we be that concerned about people that can't afford the full version?? It's a moot point if this doesn't make any money for Ashley and company and then there shouldn't be any version available at that point.

    If it was expensive then that is another issue and we could talk about fairness to those with less money..but $32USD or even $65 is not that expensive. And to those that it is... there are lots of things in life that are too expensive, so you either save for it or you really don't need it.

  • I be using the freebie until I can get the money (still unemployed since layoff and still working on the rent payment here <img src="smileys/smiley21.gif" border="0" align="middle" /> ). I had some chap in another post say s/he not understand why people say "they have no money." As stated in my reply, every circumstance is different. As I get better in CC and learn some C2 (all time permitting), I would then plan to buy the non-business version. Just give me time.

    Anyway, to my question that someone may already have asked and had answered somewhere in these boards for which I am not going to go searching for, and this maybe a silly silly question, but the buying option is just for the license itself, and not a different copy of the setup executable, right? We can download the free version and later buy the license to just enter in, aye?

    Thanks, all.

  • I'm not just playing devil's advocate here - I'm being completely honest - I think c2 is too cheap. For the non-early adopter versions, licenses should expire (or something similar) every x years.

    Also, the commercial version is a bit wonky - it should get more money per project. I mean, the guy is already making $5000 (not profit, of course, there are also the costs of development like programming, art assets creation, music, etc), $99 is nothing.

  • We can download the free version and later buy the license to just enter in, aye?

    Yup, you get sent a license file and you can put that either in the install directory, My Documents, or use the 'enter license' button in the about screen. Then, the free edition automatically upgrades to licensed - there isn't a different download.

    Fimbul: we suggested subscriptions earlier this year. We suggested having a small yearly fee and then you get Construct 3, Construct 4 etc. included with that. However, it was really unpopular and put off a large number of people. So we've gone for the traditional model of buy a major version then have the option of buying again when a new major version comes out.

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  • > We can download the free version and later buy the license to just enter in, aye?

    Yup, you get sent a license file and you can put that either in the install directory, My Documents, or use the 'enter license' button in the about screen. Then, the free edition automatically upgrades to licensed - there isn't a different download.

    Thanks, palie. I appreciate the info.

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