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I have searched this on the internet, but I didn't get any clear answers. My question is - Can I implement an online multiplayer functionality in Unity personal edition? Also without spending any money.

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    \$\begingroup\$ as the main site directly lists the service, and quotes "Unity Personal: free: 20 concurrent players", I am voting down for lack of research. \$\endgroup\$
    – Gnemlock
    Aug 24, 2016 at 9:29

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According to the main Unity website, yes; you can implement free online multiplayer functionality in the personal edition, with up to 20 concurrent players.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ If look under it, it says 0.49/GB and has a bill calculator. What is that then. \$\endgroup\$
    – AJ123
    Aug 24, 2016 at 9:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AJ123, it literally says "20 concurrent seats, free". It also goes on to detail the extra seats you get, if you pay. \$\endgroup\$
    – Gnemlock
    Aug 24, 2016 at 9:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AJ123, the "bill" you reference is for "as much traffic as you need" (i.e. if you need more than the maximum quoted 200 concurrent players for $125, you can opt to pay for the usage and have potentially infinite concurrent players) \$\endgroup\$
    – Gnemlock
    Aug 24, 2016 at 9:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ Have a look at PlayFab... might help you and has a free tier. Has multiplayer and integration with Unity3d \$\endgroup\$ Aug 24, 2016 at 10:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ what about photon? Can we use that in free edition. \$\endgroup\$
    – AJ123
    Aug 24, 2016 at 10:43
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In addition to the multiplayer service that Unity itself offers, you can also create your own, removing the limitations of the free service. Depending on what kind of a system you go with, you can create your own master server where the actual game servers announce themselves at and where the actual game client retrieves a list of servers. This would require you to have extensive knowledge about networking code in general and would be a bigger task then implementing the default service.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This isn't really a "not spending any money" solution. You won't get a server for free. Although renting server capacity has become extremely cheap and easy recently due to all the cloud server providers (aws, azure, etc.). \$\endgroup\$
    – Philipp
    Mar 12, 2017 at 17:21

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