How Commercial Licensing works?


Thinking of opening a virtual reality (VR) arcade? In order to legally offer a physical location where others will access content like video games (whether they pay for them or not), you must purchase commercial licenses of games. 

What is a commercial license?

When you buy a digital download of a game, you are almost always actually just “licensing” it. The normal license is a personal, noncommercial license subject to the ordinary EULA. A commercial license is a license that allows you to use, in this example, a game in a public or commercial setting.

Even if you’re running a VR arcade and you don’t charge people for playing the games, you must offer commercial licenses of games. This applies to arcades, amusement/theme parks, Internet cafes, dorms, museums, stores and more.

Developers can choose whether to offer a commercial license and what they will charge for the license. And you must receive the developer’s permission to offer a game commercially – a regular license to a game does not allow for commercial use.

How do I receive proper permission?

You’ll need a licensing agreement with a developer in order to compensate them for a commercial license and offer the game in your VR arcade. This might mean doing things like talking with a lawyer to establish the licensing agreement, granting you a commercial license that you and the developer both sign.

There are simple ways and more complex ways to go about doing this, we provide the simplest solution by offering Commercial Content through our Commercial Marketplace with a variety of payment options including Pay Per Minute (PPM), Monthly and Yearly Licensing. See here for more detailed information on these payment types.

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