Great news for developers: Corona Labs, acquired by Appodeal in March 2017, announced that their cross-platform app development platform becomes completely free for app developers starting June 22nd, 2017.
Until now, the Corona development platform existed in two versions: a free core product named Corona SDK and an additional paid option named Corona Enterprise. The Enterprise version allowed developers to use native libraries in their apps in exchange for an annual license fee. Starting June 22nd, when developers download Corona, they will get a combined package that includes both the core product and the native-based product (formerly Corona Enterprise).
“When Appodeal acquired Corona, we promised to make it as transparent and open to our community as we can.” – tells Stepan Solovyov, CEO of Corona Labs. “Making it completely free is the first, but a very significant step.”
Corona Labs has removed all revenue sharing requirements and revenue limits from the native development platform. Instead, native builds will now include a splash screen which is a common practice among mobile app frameworks. For those developers who wish to customize or omit the splash screen, a paid plugin provides the capability.
Corona Labs is also now offering premium support plans. Many people can build successful games simply using the official learning resources, or turn to the Corona community forums when they need help, but when they need to go deeper, the company’s new premium support plans will give developers access to unique features like private channels in Slack, prioritized feature requests, and more.
About Corona Lab
Corona Labs was formed in 2009 by two former Adobe engineers with the goal of building an easy to use, cross-platform mobile development platform. In March 2017, Corona Labs Inc. was acquired by Appodeal, a leading ad mediation platform for mobile applications. Today Corona boasts more than 1000 API calls to aid developers in creating mobile, desktop, and TV apps. In addition, the Corona Marketplace offers 150+ plugins and 300+ ready-to-go assets for app developers to use.