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Unity offering free publishing tools for iOS and Android to indie devs

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Unity Technologies will grant indie developers free publishing tools for the development of iOS and Android games, the company announced today.

Beginning today, indie developers will have access to Unity's basic mobile tools and will be able to publish their games and apps for iOS and Android via the build menu. Publishing services for Blackberry and Windows Phone 8 will also be added in the future, and will be included in the deal without additional cost. The Unity license to publish on mobile platforms cost $800 before today's decision to release them for free.

"We were able to make Unity free for the web and for desktop computers a while ago, but have been dreaming of doing the same for mobile for what seems like forever," Unity CEO David Helgason said in a statement. "Mobile games development is possibly the most dynamic and exciting industry in the world, and it's an honor to be able to help so many developers be so successful in fulfilling their visions and in building their businesses."

Rendering architect Aras Pranckevičius took to Twitter to share more details, stating developers who already paid for the license will receive some sort of compensation.

"There will be some compensation, but I don't know the details right now," he said.