Of course, and they have not technically reneged on that. All they’re doing is redefining what “hobbyist” and “useful” mean.
Reading the post what appears to have happened is they’ve looked at lots of hobbyist users’ cloud accounts, seen the number and compexity of the models stored there, the amount they use the product etc. and decided that those people are now dependent enough on the product that they are a source of revenue. This use of the product is referred to as “misuse” of the hobbyist licensing.
“we need to eliminate both the confusion and the misuse that exists within our offerings.”
The misuse word keeps appearing, they want you to know that it’s not benevolent Autodesk who are moving the goalposts, it’s evil users who are at fault here.
I’m sure there are people out there doing commercial work on the personal license. This time around, unlike Microsoft and the single copy countries they had to give up on, Fusion was written to be cloud dependent, meaning fully enforceable licensing and no gold discs out there with a keygen.
What will be interesting to see is whether Google or somebody else with a “free” model fills the gap with a sufficiently functional product to force Autodesk to keep enough of Fusion free to be useful.
All that said, I have a good idea what the development and maintenance of this product costs and the current license costs (even without discount) are pretty good for what you get. What the Autodesk board does to them in the future when they really need a new lake house to park their yacht at on the other hand is anybody’s guess.