Unity game engine reached a peak of 1 million developers using the software to develop new games in the month of August, a jump of 400,000 people from last year’s 600,000 during the same time.
Speaking at Unite Boston 2015, Unity CEO John Riccitiello showed a presentation revealing the success of its game engine giving evidence of the popularity of the game development tool among the industry developers. Riccitiello said that number of current developers is equivalent to 125 Electronic Arts in terms of people working on Unity games.
More than 174,000 games were built on Unity between the period April and July; these games saw more than 1.2 billion combined downloads. The games developed over the summer generated a total of 2.5 billion downloads, averaging at 20 million installs per day. Riccitiello said that Unity’s games are played on more than 1.1 billion handsets of which 74 per cent were on the Android devices and a mere 17 per cent on the Apple devices.
“Democratization is the founding idea of the company,” he said. “We put power in the hands of developers. The key idea we want to see is more people creating content than ever before. Game production is a fundamentally hard thing to do. Getting those games to work on multiple platforms is a very hard thing to do.”
“As hard as it is to build a game, it’s harder to have that game monetized and hard to have that game discovered,” Riccitiello said.
Also, announced at Unite 2015 was the cross platform API – Unity IAP which will help developers to set their in-app-purchases for their products. The feature will be built right into the engine and will be set up across all platforms by enabling a single IAP. It will available from Unity 5.3.
Despite of differences on different platforms over setting up the in-app-purchases, Unity API will help developers setting up it on all these platforms with the single API and developers can now spend more time working on their games rather than break their heads over this.
It also has Unity’s analytics and will eventually include fraud detection. Unity 5 launched on 5 March and has since seen two updates and another one is coming in December.