Bt he is saying they should have kept charging, that epic is about to be bankrupted by crytek. you are both right in a way. cryengine may be prettier but hardly anyone uses it. the biggest market for game engines in games. there are about 30 game in development that use cryengine. there are about 200 that use ue4. two of cryteks branches closed last yearr, usa and uk, because crytek could not pay the employees. epic made almost a billion in profits last year. epic is actually the profitable company while crytek is flirting with bankruptcy. crytek is moving into the free to play market, they dont even have a single retail game in development. and they are using kick starter to fund even their free to plays.
blender is a much bigger threat to autodesk than crytek is to epic. and i dont see autodesk going bankrupt any time soon.
compare epic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Unreal_Engine_games
to crytek https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_CryEngine_games
i dont think arc vis is going to make a dent financially. if crytek were a threat epic would just buy them with the money they made in just the last month. the reason ace seen the story is cryengine finally got oculus rift support, something unreal engine has had for a year and is the prefered engine for. they also just got linux and opengl support patched in, something that ue4 has had for quite a while. who knows, maybe ton can raise some funds and buy crytek soon, make it a blender game engine.
microsoft paid over 100 million to epic for the rights to gears of war. amazon bought the rights to and now own cryengine last year for 50 million. the people making the engine dont even own it anymore. cryengine was bought for less than the average budget of a single AAA game. i doubt crytek cares more for the engine now that when it was theirs. amazon are not developers. crytek had to sell their money maker and no longer even get the licensing fees. i dont see it ending well for cryengine. the makes sold it last year to avoid bankruptcy, but they sold their income. without income how are they going to make money now? free to play? who maintains the engine when crytek goes under? the outlook for cryengine is why it was only 50 mill, amazon made a long shot bet and can afford to lose that much easily. with the money crytek paid off creditors to keep the company alive hopefully long enoguh to get their 3 free to play games out the door, if none of the 3 are hits they wont get funded on kickstarter again and fold up shop.
to bet on cryengine you have to bet on a company that isn’t even in the engine market anymore. you have to bet on a kick starter that couldn’t get backing from banks or real investors. them putting epic…the biggest engine in the industry out of business is like expecting a hotdog cart to put mcdonnalds out of business.