Facebook Developing New PC Gaming Platform; Teams Up With Unity Technologies

Facebook is not playing around when it comes to games, announcing the development of a new PC gaming platform and a partnership with Unity Technologies.

Facebook is not playing around when it comes to games, announcing the development of a new PC gaming platform and a partnership with Unity Technologies.

Unity–a development platform for 2-D, 3-D, virtual reality and augmented reality games—will integrate support for Facebook’s current gaming platform, as well as the new one it is developing.

Facebook and Unity are also collaborating on new functionality for Unity that enables developers to quickly export and publish games to Facebook.

The two companies also announced limited access to a closed alpha build of the new export to Facebook functionality in version 5.4 of the Unity platform, saying that interested developers can apply here by Aug. 31.

Facebook director of global games partnerships Leo Olebe said in a release announcing the Unity partnership:

Our mission is to give people the power to discover, play and share the games they love with the people they care about. Unity is the world’s leading game development platform. It’s great to be working with them to help developers find new audiences for the games they pour their hearts into.

Unity Technologies vice president of business development Elliot Solomon added:

Developers channel their talent and passion into creating amazing games, but development is only part of the challenge. Integrating tools that provide effortless access to Facebook’s network is a key part of helping developers find the success they deserve.

Readers: What are your thoughts on Facebook’s upcoming PC gaming platform and partnership with Unity?