Hours after Epic Games announced Unreal Engine 4 can be rented for a monthly subscription fee at GDC 2014, rival tech vendor Crytek announced a similar model for CryEngine.
Indie developers will be able to rent the engine for $9.90 per user, the company revealed at GDC.
"We are happy to announce now that the latest update of CryEngine will soon be available to all developers on a subscription basis. We are really excited to make CryEngine available to hundreds of thousands of developers working with Crytek to make awesome games."
It also stressed that unlike Unreal Engine 4, which is available for $19 per month in addition to 5 per cent of gross revenue of any game made with the tech, it's not asking for a royalty fee from sales of a game made with the tech.
The program, called CryEngine as a Service, starts in May.
The CryEngine SDK is already free for anyone to try, though future improvements and features will only deploy on the subscription version.
It isn't clear how Crytek measures how a studio qualifies as "indie", though generally self-publishing is a requirement for such a definition, as often is headcount.
Traditional game studios can only use CryEngine through a separate licensing model.
"When we announced the new CryEngine this was our first step towards creating an engine as a service," said Crytek director of business development Carl Jones.