I wanted to bring this to everyone's attention since I haven't seen it discusses here. There seems to be a growing and disconcerting trend for certain sonic fangame developers to monetize their games through platforms such as Patreon. While I don't have much information on which developers are doing this and how, but two major examples over the past month have been Sonic Smackdown and more recently the Sonic 2020 project. My information may be incomplete or inaccurate about either so if I'm mistaken on something please feel free to set things straight. Sonic Smackdown is a fighting game being developed by developer ArcForged which is headed by Jaime Silva. Apparently he originally pitched the game to Sega via Twitter which put many people on edge due to how inappropriate it might seem. While this may not be a major concern, ArcForged has since gone on to include Smackdown as part of their Patreon campaign along with two otheroother games. At best this is questionable considering you could argue they're receiving donations for their studio, but personally I don't think it's a great idea to include a fangame as part of that campaign. Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/ArcForged Sonic 2020 is a much more ambitious fangame created with Infinity Engine and being handled by Oroboros Studios and it's head animator Alex "BOLT" Dmitriev. It's being released in 7 parts with full voice acting and animated, cinematic cutscenes. They've currently released two parts so far, but they've currently locking Patreon exclusive betas behind a paywall. This has been pointed out to them directly on Twitter and they attempted to justify it as a donation to the developers which is patently false due to the incentive. Studio Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ouroborostudio BOLT's Twitter: https://twitter.com/BOLT59117837 Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/B0LT I know a while back SAGE added a rule stating fangames with Patreon accounts would not be accepted into the contest in light of Smackdown and similar games I'm not really aware of, but there's a major concern that this could "poke the bear" as it were. I'd like to think Sega's smart enough to DMCA these particular games and not take it out on the whole community, but they just as easily could. Being a part of the Star Trek fandom, I'm seeing some potential parallels to the Axanar fan film and the resulting damage it did to Trek fan films as a whole. Here's hoping the same won't happen here.