Unity selects Microsoft Azure as its cloud partner

Arif Bacchus

Unity Technologies, which is best known for its cross-platform Unity game engine, has selected Microsoft Azure as its cloud partner. Under the deal, Unity and Microsoft will work together to make it easy for game creators to publish to Xbox and PC games. Unity will also use Azure for operating real-time 3D (RT3D) experiences from the Unity engine.

This Microsoft and Unity partnership comes at a time when Unity is enabling developers easy access to RT3D simulation tools and the ability to create digital twins of real-world places and objects. This often means using a technical infrastructure, which Microsoft believes Azure is best used for.

“Azure is that solution. Built for security and global scalability, Azure already supports some of the world’s largest games and is bringing those battle-tested learnings to power RT3D experiences for all industries,” explains Microsoft.

On the Xbox and PC side of things, Microsoft hopes that this partnership can enable developers who use Unity to reach more players on Xbox as well as PC to unlock new success opportunities.  “By engineering improved developer tools, leveraging the latest platform innovation from silicon to cloud, and simplifying the publishing experience, Unity creators will be able to realize their dreams by bringing their games to more gamers around the world,” said Microsoft.