I just finished making a small little game. I don’t plan on widely distributing it, just sending it to friends and family, although it will be online, and more than just them may see it. I have no way to make income set up on this game. Nor will it be sold.
I am wondering if i am needing to do anything other than adding the Unreal copyright notice?
You don’t have to pay royalties on non-interactive media, so any videos or images you make with UE4 don’t require royalties even if you make money off them. Royalties only apply to a game or application made with UE4.
Further; if I do intend to pay the 5% to Unreal (happily) on an income generating game are credits required? If it’s all legal can the game just be the game with no credits? I’d think Unreal would be happy with just getting money.
There’s a legal disclaimer you have to put in the game credits, but you are not required to show the logo or logo animation in your game, if you do then you need to go over the branding guidelines and make sure it follows their rules and then email them for approval.
They have to be displayed in the game somewhere, usually in the credits where you might have to post credits for other third-party tools you use (if required). You can probably do it on a startup screen if you wish but you can’t just put it in a text file in the program folder.
If it’s on the marketplace then you don’t need to put any credit. For other stuff, it’s mostly for things like integrated stuff like Havok or Scaleform or some technology like that where they require credit notice in your game, if you just use UE4 then you don’t have to worry about that other than the credit to Epic for UE4.