MAME emulation goes open-source

Long-running emulation project MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) has transitioned to open-source availability after nearly two decades of existence.

Popular among video game archivists and retro enthusiasts for its ability to emulate titles from the 1970s up until the modern day, the software was previously released under a modified BSD licence forbidding commercial use.

After 19 years, MAME is now available under an OSI-compliant and FSF-approved license,” the group behind the software,, announced. There was intention to do this for years. Our aim is to help legal license owners in distributing their games based on MAME platform, and to make MAME become a learning tool for developers working on development boards.”

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