I voted “No”.
As it is, I honestly don’t play that many Pokitto (or Arduboy) games.
If they were behind a paywall, I’d be even less inclined to play them.
To be brutally honest, if I’m going to fork out money for a game there’s a long list of games on places like Steam that I’d much sooner spend my money on. It’s not that we don’t have people here capable of making good games, we do, but there’s a long list of things I’d sooner spend my money on.
One of the big reasons I support the Pokitto (and the Arduboy) is how much of everything is open source.
The games being free and open source means that:
- Every game is a potential learning tool for anyone who wants to learn how to write a game
- Anyone is free to fix any bugs in any game
- Anyone is free to mod any game
- Everyone is free to help each other fix their bugs, improve their skills et cetera
If you lock those things behind a paywall or don’t provide the ability to do those things, either by hiding your source away or not granting the rights with your licence, then I cease to be interested.
I think closed source has its place, because even programmers need to earn a living, but if Pokitto games start trying to compete with closed source games, just take a look at Steam or GOG and have a think about what you’re competing with and what people are more likely to spend their money on.