I wrote the following to the business part of the Havok company in order to get a copy of their SDK at a discount for non-commerical use:
My name is Joshua Marotti and I am a professional developer by trade (J2EE Consultant). I am trying to eventually break into the gaming industry, but, as many know, this is a daunting task without previous game developing experience. I would like to evaluate the Havok Game Dynamics SDK individually for the experience of using the SDK. Since I am considering this individually, instead of a company, I am unable to fill out the appropriate form to get an evaluation.
Also, I would like to request that you consider selling a license of the engine for individuals at a much smaller cost than a full license. This license would entail that no proprietary software made with the engine could be sold without a full license being purchased. This way, you have the advantage of individual clients that would sway their employers into using your engine, and the individual clients have the advantage of experience using your engine.
The idea for this licensing scheme comes from how Garage Games (www.garagegames.com) licenses their torque engine.
Thanks for your time.
Wild thing? It got forwarded to the Manager of the Havok Products. It makes me feel like I actually got some where, as opposed to someone else brushing me off. The reply:
Thank you for your feedback. At the moment, we do not license Havok under an academic license. However, you points below are well taken and will support the case for a low-cost version of our engine for non-commercial use.
Havok Product Manager
What do you think?