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Oculus now owns a networking engine (and will open-source it)
Oculus now owns a networking engine (and will open-source it)
July 7, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

July 7, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
More: Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Oculus VR announced today that it has acquired game networking middleware company RakNet and made its eponymous networking engine open-source under a modified BSD license.

RakNet is a cross-platform suite of C++ networking technology that's capable of supporting a variety of platforms, including PC, current- and last-gen consoles and multiple mobile operating systems.

A limited version was already freely available for non-commercial or small-scale use, though developers were required to buy a license if any game utilizing RakNet technology surpassed $100,000 in revenue.

Oculus has been using RakNet internally for some time, and the networking engine has also been licensed for use by companies like Unity, Mojang and Sony Online Entertainment. It is unclear how Oculus' decision to acquire RakNet and open-source its technology will affect those licensing deals.

Starting today, the RakNet source code is now available for your perusal on Oculus' Github repository.

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Ryan Christensen
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RakNet is very good and it is awesome of Oculus to do this. Jenkins Software has been killing it on RakNet for a long time and got the golden parachute. It is interesting what will change about the license for Unity/Sony or if they can also use it for commercial purposes (free now). Since it is BSD they can but in the open and some companies don't like that. My only concern is that it might not be as actively developed as it was when Jenkins ( owned it over time, or is he still going to work on it?

Nicholas Koza
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At least now though we have the option of maintaining and developing it ourselves, like any other open source software. Both have their pros and cons - I'm simply pointing out that even if Jenkins stops work on it then that doesn't mean work will stop on it in general.

And yes, agreed, this is great news overall for devs!

Michael Thornberg
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This is truly great news. RakNet is an excellent tool. Just be aware that there are other licenses too in that source code. Not just the RakNet one. Like in 'Jansson' for instance. Not that it will really impact in any way, but they are there :)