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Unity’s Pay-Per-Install Controversy Has Devs Up in Arms

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To everyone’s surprise, Unity has decided to soon start charging developers a substantial pay-per-install fee, and indie teams aren’t happy about it.

Unity Logo next to a still of a follower being sacrificed in 'Cult of the Lamb'
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The gist:

  • Unity will start charging game developers a pay-per-install fee on Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Based on a developer’s subscription to the engine, that fee can range from $.01 to $.20 per download.
  • Unity has dialed back specifics for the fee to fan out the viral outrage from indie devs; however, teams are still advocating for the company to rethink its plans.

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Unity dropped a very controversial announcement on Sept. 12 that hasn’t gone over well with game developers across the industry. A new Unity Runtime Fee will go into effect on Jan. 1 next year, charging developers with high-performing games to pay for title installs by a player.

Developers who have made games with the Unity engine, such as Citizen Sleeper and Cult of the Lamb, have protested against the upcoming pricing plan that puts indie teams at financial risk.

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Splash art of 'Citizen Sleeper' protagonist standing in a futuristic city.
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Unity’s pay-per-install fee controversy was worse before it was dialed back.

According to Unity’s Runtime Fee announcement, developers with games that have passed a minimum revenue threshold in the last 12 months and passed a minimum lifetime install count would have to pay the install fee starting next January. As of this writing, the threshold is based on a Unity developer’s subscription to use the engine.

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For instance, Unity Personal and Plus have a threshold of $200,000 or more in the last 12 months and 200,000 lifetime installs. After passing that limit, a developer will get charged $0.20 per install. Unity stated it would use its proprietary data models to determine what developers owe, but some are skeptical.

In response, developers pointed out how a pricing plan like this can get abused by malicious installs from players.

Moreover, the plan implied developers could get charged heavily for putting titles on subscription platforms like Xbox Game Pass, contributing to demo events such as Steam Next Fest, or participating in charity bundles through Humble Bundle.

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“Guess who has a somewhat highly anticipated game coming to Xbox Game Pass in 2024? That’s right, it’s us and a lot of other developers,” stated indie developer Aggro Crab on Twitter. “That means Another Crab’s Treasure will be free to install for 25 million Game Pass subscribers … Unity could take a fee that puts an enormous dent in our income.”

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In an interview with Axios, Unity president Marc Whitten dialed back the pricing plan, assuring developers wouldn’t be charged for multiple game installs. Marc explained devs would instead see a charge for an initial install and a second download on a different device by a player.

Furthermore, charity bundles, demos, and subscription titles are exempt from charges, but the platform holder debuting a Unity game would be responsible for fees.

‘Cult of the Lamb’ dev says it’s “deleting” the game on Jan. 1 due to the install fee.

Alongside indie studio Aggro Crab, the Cult of the Lamb developers responded to the Unity fee controversy, stating the team would be “deleting” the game on Jan. 1, 2024.

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A fan jokingly mentioned on Twitter that Unity will have completely “rolled back” the fee plan by then, but no one is quite sure what the company will do next.

Either way, Unity developers already invested in the engine will have a challenging time financially navigating the industry now and this could impact crucial publisher deals. Time will tell if Unity rolls out a better plan before it’s too late.

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Izzy’s Lost and Found Drawer on Love Is Blind Is Kind of Icky

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Izzy shows Stacy his lost and found in his apartment on ‘Love Is Blind’ and it shows how many different women have been to his place over the years.

Izzy in the pods on Love Is Blind
Source: Netflix

The Gist:

  • Izzy and Stacy get engaged in Season 5 of Love Is Blind.
  • When Stacy visits Izzy’s apartment, she has some serious concerns about the way he lives.
  • Izzy has a drawer full of items from other women he has slept with over the years, called his “lost and found.”

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Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers for Season 5 of Love Is Blind.

Some of Love Is Blind‘s contestants might think the worst is over when they leave the pods, meet their respective fiancés face-to-face, and begin the next part of their journeys. But that’s where the drama really gets started and Izzy and Stacy prove that in Season 5. Especially when Izzy shows Stacy his apartment for the first time and introduces her to his “lost and found.”

Stacy and Izzy meet for the first time on Love Is Blind
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It’s a drawer full of things that past hook-ups left behind in his home. Izzy does little to hide this part of his apartment. In fact, he is open about it to a fault and Stacy is not happy about the idea of her husband-to-be having such a crass way of describing and organizing other women’s belongings. Can you really blame her?

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Izzy actually has a lost and found in his apartment on ‘Love Is Blind.’

Izzy explains that he keeps earrings and other small items that women have left in his apartment in a drawer in the bathroom. It doesn’t look like the drawer is spilling over with items, but still. The fact that he has a lost and found for that sort of thing and calls it that is a major red flag for Stacy. She says as much and it’s clear that this is part of Izzy’s life that gives her the ick.

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Izzy gets emotional in the Love Is Blind pods
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It’s safe to say that the part of Izzy’s life that involves bringing women home for one night stands is over. However, Stacy just can’t fathom why he wouldn’t throw out these lost and found items before he left home to film in the Love Is Blind pods. It’s a fair question.

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‘Love Is Blind’ fans don’t see Izzy and Stacy working out.

The fact that Stacy is majorly turned off by Izzy’s lost and found on Love Is Blind just adds to the handful of reasons why some fans don’t see this pair working out long-term. One viewer tweeted that both Stacy and Izzy are “emotionally unavailable.” Another wrote that they don’t think Stacy is even ready to get engaged, let alone married.

And now that Stacy is seeing some red (or, at the very least, a mix of red and green) flags in Izzy, those fans could be right. Stacy has yet to say “I love you,” and she appears to be concerned about Izzy’s finances. Now, we have this side of him that no one expected. There’s just a lot going on and they haven’t even picked out wedding flowers yet.

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What Is Milton’s Job? His Résumé Is Wild

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Milton from ‘Love Is Blind’ may be young, but he’s dedicated to his career. He has several degrees to his name and is currently getting his MBA.

milton in the pods
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The Gist:

  • Milton’s career as an engineer on Love Is Blind is really important to him.
  • He and his fianceé Lydia, who is a geologist, geeked out in the pods over their similar fields.
  • Milton graduated from college already making a six-figure salary, but recently decided to go back to school.

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Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 5 of Love Is Blind.

When contestants on Love Is Blind start talking in the pods, it’s likely that one of the first questions that comes up is “What do you do for a living?” While it’s not often that contestants will bond over their jobs, Milton and Lydia from Season 5 really seemed to hit it off when it came to talking about their respective fields. While Lydia confirmed she is a geologist, what does Milton do for work? Here’s what we know.

Milton (right) is seen here talking with 'Love Is Blind' contestant Chris Fox
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Milton (right) is seen here talking with ‘Love Is Blind’ contestant Chris Fox

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Milton was making a six-figure salary while filming ‘Love Is Blind,’ but has since went back to school.

Milton entered Love Is Blind at the age of 24. While he may have acted his age at times, he is actually very serious about his education and career.

Milton graduated from Quest Early College High School in 2016 and earned an associate’s degree in mathematics from Lone Star College the same year, per LinkedIn.

He then attended the University of Houston from 2016 to 2019, where he majored in petroleum and geotechnology. Milton then went on to get a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2020. In 2023, Milton also started pursuing an MBA at Rice University, which he expects to complete in 2025.

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At the time of filming Love Is Blind, Milton worked as a senior pipeline control center operator at EverLine. And as his roommate Josh confirmed in Episode 6, he was making a six-figure salary at the time.

But in Nov. 2022, Milton actually switched jobs. He now works as a management trainee at Vopak while also studying at Rice. It’s unclear if he is trying to pivot to a different career as he is pursuing his MBA, but his role at Vopak still falls within the oil and energy wheelhouse.

Clearly, he has a bright future ahead of him and appears to be serious about finding a partner who shares his values and goals. This may be why he decided to set his eyes on Lydia.

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What Is Milton’s Pokémon Showdown Ranking?

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Milton from ‘Love Is Blind’ says he is nationally ranked in Pokémon Showdown, but his ELO ratings beg to differ. Is he really as good as he says?

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Source: netflix

The Gist:

  • Milton is a contestant on Love Is Blind Season 5.
  • While he is in the pods, he connects with and proposes to Lydia.
  • He tells her that he plays Pokémon Showdown competitively and is nationally ranked, but a closer look at what appears to be his account suggests otherwise.

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Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 5 of Love Is Blind.

One castmate from Season 5 of Love Is Blind who we can’t stop thinking about is Milton (real name James Milton Johnson IV).

Born in Honolulu Hawaii, but currently based in Houston, Texas, Milton entered the experiment when he was 24. He also entered the experiment while he was still allegedly in a relationship with another woman, but that’s a whole other story.

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Throughout his time on the show, we, as well as his fianceé Lydia Velez-Gonzalez have learned a lot about Milton. He’s an engineer, he’s had his fair share of medical issues, and he loves rocks. He also is really bad at identifying what a cooler is.

Milton also loves Pokémon. In fact, he claims he’s nationally ranked on Pokémon Showdown. But is that true?

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Milton says he is nationally ranked on Pokémon Showdown, but we’re unable to find those stats.

In Episode 6, Milton takes Lydia back to his place where we meet his roommate Josh. Josh quickly brings up to Lydia that Milton is a Pokémon lover. He then adds, “You should see us on Pokémon Showdown.”

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Milton, clearly trying to impress his geology-loving woman, says to Josh “Hey, remember I told you we’re like nationally ranked? We’re both up there in national ranking.”

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Josh then tells Lydia that her man is actually banned in five countries on Pokémon Showdown, including U.S. servers. When Lydia asks why, Milton responds “you talk too much s–t, you get banned.” Yikes!

As for Milton being nationally ranked on Pokémon Showdown, we’re unable to find that information.

Assuming that Milton’s username is jamesmiltonj4 on Pokémon Showdown — which is the username he uses on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter — then he’s not actually the star player he made himself out to be. These are the stats we pulled up for user jamesmiltonj4, who has been a member since July 2017.

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jamesmiltonj4 ladder ranking
Source: Pokemon Showdown / jamesmiltonj4

Per Smogon.com, ELO ratings start at 1000. And if you take a gander at Milton’s ELO ratings, his highest one is 1223. He is only rated just a little bit higher than the default rating. Most players don’t consider anything under 1600 isn’t a good ELO rating.

If Milton was nationally ranked, his ELO rating would likely be over 2000.

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That said, he may have performed better under a different username or peaked at a different time. But judging from these stats, we’re not too impressed with user jamesmiltonj4, if that does happen to be Milton’s account.

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