Unity says it isn't for sale

October 14, 2014 // 10:42 a.m.

Tags: #acquisition #cross-platform #financial #game-engine #middleware #unity

Game engine giant Unity has denied claims it is looking for a buyer, stating outright that it has 'no plan' to change its status as an independent company.

Best known for its cross-platform game engine, which is available as a free version or as a paid-for professional edition, Unity was rumoured to be looking for a buyer late last week. Names thrown into the ring as possibly showing interest in such a purchase include Microsoft, Apple and even Facebook - the latter having already demonstrated its desire to enter the 3D arena with its multi-billion-dollar acquisition of virtual reality specialist Oculus VR earlier this year.

Now, Unity has addressed the rumours and suggested that a sale is not on the table. 'We have no plan to sell Unity,' Unity's Joachim Ante reassured users in a forum post on the matter. '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, democratise game development.

'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.'
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