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Unity Gaming Services Launches to Simplify Multiplayer Live Games

Unity | October 23, 2021

Unity, the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content, today announced the beta launch of Unity Gaming Services – a new platform experience that unifies Unity’s existing Operate Solutions for games and introduces new tools and services that simplify any developer’s ability to launch cross platform, multiplayer games.

With just a few clicks right from the Unity Editor, Unity Gaming Services instantly brings multiplayer games online through seamless integration with Unity Netcode and Transport. The platform also includes everything developers need for live game operations no matter their size, including providing them the ability to sync their game logic with Unity’s backend services without going through a heavy platform release process. With a single dashboard and visibility into all data streams, developers get a 360-degree view of their game’s performance and gain actionable insights in one place. Unity Gaming Services is free to start, and developers only pay as they scale with transparent pricing.

Our mission is to enable success for our developers, who today are managing an increasingly complex new reality that needs to meet growing player demand for cross-platform multiplayer games and at the same time requires tremendous cloud networking expertise and presents technical and operational challenges far beyond game design itself. With the growing player demand for cross-platform multiplayer games, Unity Gaming Services reduces the barrier to entry for developers to launch more multiplayer games that collectively will expand the size of the industry, and titles available for play.”

Ingrid Lestiyo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Operate Solutions, Unity.

Unity Gaming Services, open to all developers for free during its beta period, is available immediately with support for Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows. Console support is currently on an invite-only basis, but will be made available soon. 

About Unity
Unity is the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content. Creators, ranging from game developers to artists, architects, automotive designers, filmmakers, and others, use Unity to make their imaginations come to life. Unity’s platform provides a comprehensive set of software solutions to create, run and monetize interactive, real-time 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices. The company’s 1,800+ person research and development team keeps Unity at the forefront of development by working alongside partners to ensure optimized support for the latest releases and platforms. Apps developed by Unity creators were downloaded more than five billion times per month in 2020.

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Pacaso Forms Partnership with Leading Luxury Sports and Entertainment Brokerage, Aston Rose

Pacaso | August 02, 2022

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Pixelworks Powers ROG Phone 6 Series to New Benchmark for Mobile Gaming Experience

Pixelworks, Inc | July 07, 2022

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Blizzard Entertainment | July 06, 2022

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TQSKY, | July 08, 2022

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