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King shares the Defold game engine source code and invites collaborators and partners

By Sara Cederberg on May 19, 2020


Mobile games company King today announced that the free to use Defold game engine is sharing all source code and inviting collaborators and partners. As part of this process King has transferred Defold to a software foundation; the Defold Foundation.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - May 19, 2020 - Mobile games company King today announced that the Defold game engine is sharing all source code and inviting collaborators and partners. As part of this process King has transferred Defold to a software foundation; the Defold Foundation. The Defold Foundation has taken full ownership of the Defold product and services, including the website, build servers, user forum and social media channels. The source code is available on GitHub.

“We are immensely proud to be able to make the Defold source code available and open to contributions. We’re eager to start the journey as a free to use source available game engine together with our great community of game developers building games using Defold. We would also wish to thank King for believing in our vision and entrusting Defold to the Defold Foundation.” says Björn Ritzl, Product Owner, the Defold Foundation.

Developers from the original development team will leave King to work full time on Defold on behalf of the Defold Foundation. The foundation will work closely with the developer community and industry partners to drive new development in 2020 and beyond.

The Defold Foundation board will be headed by Sara Cederberg (King) and include industry profiles such as Elin Eriksson (Women in Tech Sweden).

“We’re hugely impressed by the Defold team, and look forward to seeing many great gaming experiences come to life. We’ve seen millions of players already playing the King games run on the Defold engine and we’re excited to see the community come together even more, with the support of the Defold Foundation.” says Tjodolf Sommestad, Chief Development Officer, King.

About Defold Foundation

The Defold Foundation is the owner of the free to use, developer-friendly and source available game engine Defold. The foundation works together with industry partners to provide free and open software and services to game developers across the globe. The foundation was created in May 2020 and is registered in Stockholm, Sweden.

About Defold

Defold is a free to use, source available, game engine with a developer-friendly license used for development of cross-platform games. Defold is used by a growing number of developers to create commercial hits as well as games for game jams and in schools to teach game development. Defold is known for its ease of use and it is praised for its technical documentation and friendly community of developers.

About King

King is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world. It had 273 million monthly active users as of first quarter 2020 across web, social and mobile platforms, and has developed more than 200 exclusive games that are enjoyed all around the world through its king.com, Facebook, and mobile distribution platforms such as the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Microsoft Windows App Store and Amazon Appstore. King was acquired by Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) in February 2016. King has game studios in Stockholm, Malmo, London, Barcelona and Berlin, along with offices in Malta and San Francisco.

CONTACT

Sara Cederberg Chairperson, Defold Foundation sara@defold.se

Björn Ritzl Product Owner, Defold Foundation bjorn@defold.se +46 704 335333


Learn more

Head over to the Defold Open Source page to learn how to contribute and how to support the foundation.