Please forgive me if this has been addressed, the answers to this question was not obvious to me. I’m seeking answers/opinions/discussion on Selling Add-ons/Extentions in the Marketplace for other Seller’s existing MP Content? I’ve reviewed the Marketplace FAQ, and found the following Answer:
Can users modify, resell or transfer content once they purchase it?
Users are free to modify any content they purchase from the Marketplace.
All items sold are non-transferable, and users cannot sub-license the content for further redistribution, whether or not they have modified it. Users cannot buy your content and then distribute it to other developers to use in other projects, for example by listing it on the Marketplace or another store themselves.
Epic’s policy here is completely understandable.
However, what I propose is the sell of new content as an Add-on/Extensions to other Seller’s existing Content, not *direct *modifications to existing work. For me, this becomes a grey-area that requires clear definitions of what a Modification, Add-on, and Extension can be. The best I can do at this time is provide a couple of examples of what I *think *a Add-on/Extension can be, and how it differs from a Modification:
- An Add-on could be providing a independent UI (UMG) Front-end to control the Thrust Mode and aesthetics for JetPack BP Module at run-time. No such UI provided with the asset pack.
- An **Extension **would be creating sets of new themes for outfit pieces (meshes/materials) ‘compatible’ with the Chibi Female Character Mesh.
In both examples, Add-ons/Extensions require the purchase of the original Content to be useful.
I’ve found myself creating all sorts of add-ons/extension for content I’ve purchased from marketplace. Especially, with the modular characters. I’m certain that other developers would find these Add-on/Extensions useful for the content they’ve purchased. If direct modification to the Content itself for a particular feature is required, I contact Author/Seller and put in a feature request.
The ultimate questions I have here are:
- Are Add-ons/Extensions considered Modifications to existing content?
- If not, can such content be published and sold in the Unreal Marketplace (as its not by the Seller of the original content)?
In my opinion, Add-on and Extension would boost the sales of the originals and create another Market within the marketplace. So I’m very interested in a discussion, hearing opinions from Sellers & Buyers, and Epic’s Ruling on this.
Thanks for reading.