Last week it was reported that the Unity development platform may be up for sale, with presentations outlining the company’s business value hitting the desks of Microsoft and Google amongst other companies. However, Unity co-founder, Joachim Ante has since denied these rumors, stating that while several partners have tried discussing acquisition, Unity’s leadership feels that the company should remain neutral.
“We always wanted to make a game engine that is accessible to everyone – to give customers an equal chance to develop great games and compete with larger players. In other words, democratize game development,” Ante wrote in a forum post. “The role we now have in the gaming industry has been noticed by other companies. And today we have partnerships and collaborations with many of them. And these partnerships have enabled us to make it even better for you guys. For example offering you access to even more platforms in Unity at no extra cost. Sometimes when we talk to our partners, discussions turn to talk of acquisition.”
“Our response has always been that for Unity it is best to be an independent company. This has been true for the last 10 years, it is equally true today. So to sum it up: We have no plan to sell Unity.”
So there you have it, the cross-platform friendly engine, which appears to be gaining more and more popularity each year, will remain neutral and will not be sold to one specific gaming company.
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