This is Vlad. I was with Corona Labs Inc. for almost 5 years. I love my job. I have been leading development of Corona for over 3 years now and I have hopes to continue doing so.
Corona will not die with death of Corona Labs Inc. This are not same things. Corona Labs at this point is a financial burden to parent companies, and I am very grateful to Appodeal that they allowing and funding generous transition period.
You may ask, where are we transition? Answers are in the blog post. We will transition to close-to-zero cost of infrastructure. All builds would be local, with plugins pre-downloaded to the disk. As I see it, at some point you would be able to press a button in Corona Simulator, and all your purchased plugins would be downloaded and you won't have to worry about the thing, and all your apps would continue to build, only faster, because everything would be local.
But this is not what you worry about. Most of you expressed concerns about supporting Corona moving forward. I would like to continue working on Corona, supported by Patreon or GitHub Sponsors (this is proffered way, since they match money for some time). This are services which would allow community to chip in directly and if I would get enough money to support my family, it will be my full time job. I think this is extremely simple and transparent business model for Corona to move forward.
For now I am getting payed to complete transition towards not relying on expensive infrastructure we have now. After that, it is up to community to directly fund all the development, get involved themselves, or both.
Links are to my personal crowdfunding accounts. I am still payed by Corona Labs, and moving forward I'd like to get everyone involved in project payed as well (like Rob), so may be some changes would have to be made there. So don't rush to give me money, unless you really want too.
I am actually positive about this thing happening. Corona Labs Inc.'s business model wasn't working for quite a while now. Having a clear path to future is somewhat comforting at this point. After our announcement we received plenty of concerned emails from companies about the future of game engine powering their profitable games. I am sure we would be able to secure necessary funding for Corona to stay relevant in future.
Here is what I plan to do after the transition to offline/open source project is done:
- Support Apple's Metal APIs. Directly or through MoltenVK.
- Migrate to AndroidX artifacts, which would allow for far more easier support of plugins for Android, including updated AdMob.
- Migrate build system for Apple's platform to Xcode-based, to allow easier management of provisioning and other capabilities which got integrated into Xcode smoothly since when Corona was launched.
This tasks are not easy, but quite achievable, and I have quite high level of confidence that they can be implemented in timely manner.
In short, Corona Labs Inc. is dead, long live Corona.
EDIT: of course, there are still many things to figure out. Above is rough draft of my personal plans. It can change, it can become better and I am open to suggestions. Feel free to reach out, or comment here.
Edited by vlads, 16 February 2020 - 12:17 AM.