Selling! No No No… Unity Deny Rumours

Settle down, gel.

Ooh he isn’t half an awful gossip, that Ian Video Games! Why, just the other day our Alec said Judith’s lad CNET — you know, shaved head, earring, works in the arches café — told him Ian had been going around saying Google and some other local teams had been sniffing around, looking at signing up Unity. “Unity!” I tell Ian, “It’s you wot needs tea my boy, settle your nerves you jumpy Jeff.”

Course, Unity’s uncle has come out and made it real clear. “We have no plan to sell Unity,” says he. Too flipping right! She’s too good for them, that gel.

Following last week’s rumours, Unity co-founder and chief technology officer Joachim Ante took to the Unity forums to hose down excitable sorts:

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.

He’s only a little hyperbolic in saying all that, you know. Unity is behind thousands and thousands of games, from teenagers’ first creations to big fancy famous ones like Hearthstone and Wasteland 2. It’s comforting to hear that Unity aren’t planning to sell, as new owners often have funny ideas. Unity’s free and cheap versions are a large part of why video games are so exciting right now.

40 Comments

  1. maicus says:

    I was really hoping for a microsoft aquisition – imagine if we could skip straight to unity 10!

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    Henke says:

    Oh thank God. I’ve been tinkering around with Unity’s free version for a while now, trying to cobble together some games of my own, and I gotta say it’s a wonderful piece of software. Very powerful and versatile, yet easy enough to use that a guy like me with limited coding skills can still get something done. Can’t imagine it would’ve changed for the better had they been bought up.

  3. Gog Magog says:

    450,000 years of technological development and Accelerator still remains the best game ever made with Unity.

  4. kwyjibo says:

    Translation – “no one has offered us the right price”.

    • Melody says:

      There are only so many people/orgs with an untarnished history and so many occasions that can truly support a not-too-naive belief that someone, somewhere, is doing something for more than just mere monetary gain, and spoiling even those rare occurrences with cold cynicism is just a shame =)

    • El_Emmental says:

      Translation:
      “We have a successful company with a successful product, we work in an environment that respect us and our personal needs (family time + where we live thanks to remote work), we enjoy working with most of the people here, and we’re very likely to still be there in the next 5 years.

      That’s why we don’t want to get that short-term cash bonus now, only to end up diluted in a much larger company treating us like disposable trash, until we leave the company after several months of enduring terrible management, with the uncertainty that goes with looking for a new job – losing friends, having to move to a new city (forcing our SO and possible kids to follow or lose regular contact), having to deal with a new company and its management.”

      Once you’re no longer 25, with a special one and maybe kids (already or soon) – and that you can pay the bills – stability and your personal life (love life, family life, personal life) are actually worth something.

      There is really _no_ point in being slightly more rich but alone, sad and depressed when you’re 30. If you have the choice, you will choose your personal life over slightly more extra money, believe me.

  5. Rikard Peterson says:

    I like those news.

    I also like the opening paragraphs. :)

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      Serrit says:

      Yeah I enjoyed the Eastenders-esque introduction too – thanks Alice for brightening my evening!

  6. FIREJOHNWALKER says:

    Alice is one of the only writers on this website that is tolerable. No memes, no social commentary shoehorned in for no reason, no social justice overtones.

    Just the news. As it is.

    Still waiting for the “filter by author” feature, so I can pretend half the staff doesn’t exist anymore. (mostly john walker)

    • Melody says:

      If you dislike most of the staff, and even the ones you prefer are just “tolerable”…
      There are other websites out there, you know. I’m sure there must be at least one you’ll enjoy more. No reason to come here and randomly attack people who didn’t even participate in the article you’re commenting on. I find my energies are better spent doing something I love, rather than focusing on something I hate ^_^

    • Aluschaaf says:

      You know, there are productive things you could do with your life. Learn how to paint. Travel. Take a walk. Love. Live. Or you could spend all your time making comments about how you don’t like something you don’t have to read.

    • Crimsoneer says:

      I’m pretty sure that filter you’re looking for is your browser bar. Just head to IGN/Gamespy/whatnot. They’ll happily just give you regurgitated press releases lathered on your face without an ounce of context or critical thinking attached.

      • Doganpc says:

        Gamespy got folded into IGN and exists no more. I’m not even sure half the guys who were writing for it were retained (as such I follow them on twitter now). Funny thing is, I got to here when gamespy closed because of the similar approaches to reviews. Which reminds me of a couple relevant things that have appeared on my feed.
        1.) Reviews are opinions, opinions are by people that are not you. If you don’t like someones review, go read someone elses review until you find people who match your opinion.
        2.) Do game reviews get more negative criticism than Movie, Book, TV reviews? Is it just the internet sense of anonymity and massive audience that allows more vitriolic negativity to come out?

        • Hahaha says:

          “1.) Reviews are opinions, opinions are by people that are not you. If you don’t like someones review, go read someone elses review until you find people who match your opinion.”

          Yay keep up that bubble

    • Spacewalk says:

      Is complaining about social justice on RPS starting to become another RPS meme?

      • jrodman says:

        Oh man I sure hate all that social justice. it gets everywhere and then I have to get the scrub brush and the disinfectant. It’s the worst.

    • AXAXAXAS MLO II: MLO HARDER says:

      “Ugh I am SO ANGRY that RPS keeps talking about SOCIAL JUSTICE pretty much ALL THE TIME but I can’t complain about it because THEY HAVEN’T BROUGHT IT UP IN A LONG TIME. Time to be positive!”

    • Ashrand says:

      If you want just the news, then off to IGN with you.
      I’m here for good games writing about all kinds of stuff (like that fact their aren’t very many ladies making games and why for example)

      “amazing that there are living humans out there who have chosen to label other groups of people “justice warriors” and align themselves as directly opposed to them. opposed to justice. look in the mirror. tell yourself “i hate justice”. do you feel like a batman villain yet.”

      • Hahaha says:

        It is strange that people don’t like being treated as scum, having comments shut, or being told to fuck off by writers that don’t know how to research.

        • Ashrand says:

          ok, well that’s quit a lot to unpack there, so I’ll keep this short.
          I’ve not known anyone at the RPS hivemind to be anything other than polite and courteous to anyone other than people spewing hatred in the comments/on twitter.
          You do not have a right to comment on this website, that’s not how free speech works (you will note however your comment is still here)
          this last comment seems to refer to a personal grievance? if any of the fine upstanding writers here has directly offended you in some way, perhaps you shouldn’t visit?
          Ah, well that wasn’t short was it? never mind.

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          Phasma Felis says:

          I thought I had seen human misery in the wretched slums of Bhopal and Djakarta, but it was as nothing before the naked horror of a closed comments thread.

    • slight says:

      Just out of interest, what’s wrong with social justice? Do you prefer injustice? Or is the problem that it’s being discussed in the context of games? Should it be kept to special websites just about treating people fairly and equally?

    • El_Emmental says:

      He he, “FIREJOHNWALKER”… He’s one of the original founder and current co-owner of the RPS website (along with Kieron Gillen, Alec Meer, Jim Rossignol – at least according to Wikipedia).

      However, I have to admit you might have a chance: he’s probably the only one capable of firing himself during a tumultuous argument with his own opinions. But I’m sure he would hire himself again after hibernating a bit, so your quest is quite a Sisyphean one.

      Now, if you’re fed up with the [ warning, subjective point ] misinformed/misguided intent of some of the writers regarding some social issues spanning over several complex elements of modern societies and cultures, I don’t think it’s going to be very fruitful to mention it in what you consider positive examples of adequate coverage (like this article).

      Especially since in your comment you’re focusing too much on what is wrong (according to you), rather than encouraging other writers to follow the positive (according to you) example shown here.

      If the writers you dislike refuse to discuss these issues with you or anyone else, by turning off or cleansing comments under their articles, moving to the comment sections of other writers isn’t going to fix anything – the writers you dislike are even less likely to read these comments and open up a discussion.

      Instead, they’ll very likely see this as a mindless attack against other writers and ban your account and IP/IP range.

      If you want to criticize the way some RPS writers cover news, you have other more efficient ways:
      – direct email to them (if they check their emails and are still open to discussion).
      – social networks (like Twitter), but remember to immediately stop whenever they indicate they want to stop/move to other channels like emails, since they use these social network accounts to discuss with other people too (and you don’t want to be impolite and monopolize their online social life).
      – your own blog, where you can calmly expose what you see as problematic and simply post a link to the writers on Twitter, an email or in the comments.

      By only posting an angry comment, you’re indicating you’re angry about some RPS writers – what a breaking news – everyone knows some of the RPS writers make some people angry (some with very good and valid reasons).

      If you, “FIRE…”, don’t go beyond indicating you’re angry, the only answer you’ll get are these “get lost” or “like it or leave it” answers (from other readers and probably the writers too).

      • Hahaha says:

        “Instead, they’ll very likely see this as a mindless attack against other writers and ban your account and IP/IP range.”

        LMFAO no no they wont

    • Hahaha says:

      Strange how taking the mickey out of a way of talking is fine on this site and from the writers no less “be excellent if your a commentator cause you do what we say not what we do”

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        Harlander says:

        Huh?

        • Hahaha says:

          !Alice is one of the only writers on this website that is tolerable. No memes, no social commentary shoehorned in for no reason, no social justice overtones.”

          ;)

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      While there’s plenty of criticism to be leveled at the ways and places the writers handle these subjects (I’m one of the many complainers), the same can ironically be said about you and your post.

    • DXN says:

      EAT JOHN WALKER

      WE DEMAND HIS FLESH

      JIM ROSSIGNOL MUST NOT REMAIN ON THIS PLANET/REALM

      PUT ALEC MEER ON A HIGH MOUNTAIN OR TOWER, LET NOT HIS FEET SOIL THE GROUND

      CARA ELLISON, SHE IS RIGHT OUT

      GRAHAM SMITH, NO I DON’T THINK SO GET RID OF HIM HE IS A SCOUNDREL AND A BLACKGUARD

      IMMEDIATELY BOYCOTT ALL MENTION OF AND INTERACTION WITH ADAM SMITH

      ALICE O’CONNOR, OKAY FINE, ONLY IF SHE BEHAVES THOUGH

      TIM STONE, SPANK HIM ON THE BUTT AND HIT HIM ON THE HEAD TO A MOST GREAT EXTENT

      AND THE OTHERS…………….. YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM

      OBJECTIVE REPORTERS ONLY YOU BOZOS!!

  7. DanMan says:

    Stay off the sniffing salts, Alice! You’re hallucinating. Again.

  8. Tom Walker says:

    “Unity!” I tell Ian, “It’s you wot needs tea my boy, settle your nerves…”

    Give this writer a raise.

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    cairbre says:

    Come on the boys in green great result for Ireland tonight

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      Harlander says:

      That’s one way to celebrate, but I’m not sure they’d all appreciate that kind of reward?

  10. manny says:

    Seems a little too pr. The people who developed the Unity engine weren’t ideologues even if they did want to help people make games.

    Why can’t they just be honest and say “Even if we do need money we’ll never sell more than 49% of our stock, our plan is to always retain control”

    • jrodman says:

      I think that part can be inferred from them being a business at all.

  11. TT says:

    They are now a 500+ working force company, a long way from their beginnings, yet they keep spinning the same story. They are not very different than the company’s that could acquire them. I dont know how they call the shots inside unity but probably a big chunk of the owners will jump on the opportunity to get out and start small again just like in the story they keep spinning.