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GDC 2019: Unity partners with Tencent to help bring more developers games to China

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March 19th, 2019 partnership Tencent
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GDC 2019: Unity partners with Tencent to help bring more developers games to China

Popular game engine Unity has partnered with Tencent to bring more Western titles to China through the firm’s cloud service.

At Unity’s GDC 2019 keynote, CEO John Riccitiello revealed the collaboration with the Chinese tech and games giant allowing developers to utilise the Tencent Cloud Service as a shortcut for launching games in the country. The service will become accessible later this year.

With China having such strict regulations for publishing, this deal could potentially see more games arrive in the region. However, the Chinese government has only just started approving titles after a licensing freeze began in March 2018.

Graphine

Alongside this partnership, Unity has acquired virtual texturing platform Graphine to help improve texturing systems on the platform.

A partnership with Nvidia was also established that will introduce a real-time ray tracing solution.

During the same keynote speech, Activision was revealed to be teaming with Tencent on Call of Duty Mobile which is built on the Unity game engine.

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Matthew Forde is the staff writer for PocketGamer.biz and also a member of the Pocket Gamer Podcast. You can find him on Twitter @Forde999 talking about Smash Bros. and everything pop culture related - particularly superheroes.

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