Unity Technologies, the leading provider of the multi-platform game development platform for Web, PC, Mac and Wii and iPhone, today announced that it has secured Series A financing of 5.5 million USD. This investment round was led by Sequoia Capital, the venture investors behind well-known technology brands such as Apple, Electronic Arts, Google and Nvidia.
The financing round also included David Gardner, the CEO of Atari, and Diane Greene, founder and former CEO of VMware. Roelof Botha, partner at Sequoia Capital, and Greene will be joining the board of directors.
Unity is a professional solution that combines a full development platform with the 3D game engine in an integrated software package that enables high performance 3D interactive content including console quality browser games, iPhone and Nintendo Wii games. Unity is famous within the Mac community because the Unity development software was initially created and supported exclusively on the Apple Mac platform.
Today the Unity platform for game development is currently used in world class games such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online by EA, the Quest for R2D2 by Lego, and FusionFall by Cartoon Networks.
Unity for iPhone
Earlier this year Unity for iPhone was released and to date more than 325 games are using the Unity engine to power their iPhone games, including Zombieville USA, one of the top 10 iPhone games measured by units sold.
Sequoia Capital’s investment underscores the significant business opportunity in providing best-of-class development tools for interactive entertainment content creation. Despite a weak economy IDC anticipates continued growth of the gaming market by 14 percent in 2009.
Unity Technologies is pioneering breakthrough technologies in developing tools for content creators serving an expanding but competitive gaming industry.