I've been lurking here for quite some time, always intended to put in some help but life always seemed to get in the way.  As for a group, why not set up a non-profit to support widelands itself, pay for servers, and build systems (maybe something like a jenkins server to automate builds for distribution).  Why give the money made by the widelands organization entirely to another group, when widelands could use it to improve itself, as long as it's not taken home as profit, or pay by a chairman then it's quite legal.  A non-profit CAN make money, but it all must stay in the company or to pay for services the company needs to maintain itself or offer it's product/services for free.  On that note, people can be paid employees (all this is coming from US law, I've done quite a bit of research into starting an NPO), but the director, and board members CAN NOT get paid (the people who control the money can't pay themselves to do it), but can hire in personnel (programmers, graphic artists, sound people, server admins, whatever the case may be) who can receive a salary.

On Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM, Holger Rapp <HolgerRapp@gmx.net> wrote:

I have had an idea in my head for a while, but now I really want to go forward with this. Widelands has been awesome to many people - for example I learned to program and basically everything I know about computers I learned through one thing or another while working on Widelands. However, I always felt a little unsatisfied that it is ‘just a game’.

My suggestion is the following: Let’s bring Widelands on tablets and into app stores and sell it. A small amount - maybe 2 euros or so - and with a fat disclaimer that you can play it for absolutely free on your computer. The money that is made through those sales shall go to a non-profit - I imagine that we can do a poll each december to which it should go. Right now I am trying to find legal counsel to figure out an organizational form that makes sure that the money cannot be used for other stuff, that taxes can be avoided and that is not so expensive as to eat all the surplus.

I think this will be a major undertaking (not only technically, but also - since we are in exactly zero app stores right now) and I am not sure if it will succeed - I never did anything of the sorts. But it would be great if Widelands could have an impact in helping out the world.

What do you think? Good idea, bad idea?

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