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Source SDK to be Free

A reddit thread has an email from Valve's Robin Walker confirming theories that Team Fortress 2 going free-to-play means the Source engine SDK will now be free to all as well. There's confirmation of this from Walker on Rock, Paper, Shotgun:

We are in the process of getting it all done. It’s a bit messy because we have multiple versions of the SDK, and there’s some dependencies we need to shake out. But yes, the gist of it is that we’re just going to go ahead and make the Source SDK freely available.

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6. Re: Source SDK to be Free Jul 1, 2011, 20:50 Sudbina
 
DangerDog wrote on Jul 1, 2011, 12:39:
Wasn't it already free when they released Alien Swarm?

Nope. The SDK for Alien Swarm was free, but it was only intended to be used for Alien Swarm. The SDK that is being released for free now is the general Source SDK that required a purchase of one of Valve's titles.
 
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5. Re: Source SDK to be Free Jul 1, 2011, 16:17 Tanto Edge
 
So tools and engine will be freely available for people to create content for? Fantastic.
About time, in fact.
 
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4. Re: Source SDK to be Free Jul 1, 2011, 13:30 necrosis
 
Free is kind of a odd term here. I guess by Free they mean you can download the SDK without getting a game now.  
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3. Re: Source SDK to be Free Jul 1, 2011, 13:22 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
DangerDog wrote on Jul 1, 2011, 12:39:
Wasn't it already free when they released Alien Swarm?

Even though your evil logic is irrefutable, Valve feels the need for some more good press, so the world will pretend you didn't type this.

 
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2. Re: Source SDK to be Free Jul 1, 2011, 12:39 DangerDog
 
Wasn't it already free when they released Alien Swarm?  
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1. Re: Source SDK to be Free Jul 1, 2011, 12:28 Prez
 
Even though it's pretty easy to get, (comes with any source-powered game) that's pretty cool! Thx Valve!  
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