The gaming industry is growing exponentially and with it, the opportunities for developers. Learn about what’s hot in 2019 from a variety of topics including Weta buying Unity, Discord crypto mess and Roblox Q3 2021 financials
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Discord: Well, owing to a tweet from the company’s CEO earlier this week that looks to indicate in-development Discord wallet interoperability with numerous forms of cryptocurrencies, Discord has irritated its own userbase. As Kotaku pointed out, this isn’t the first time Discord has dabbled with crypto; a few months ago, the firm conducted user polls to prime users in preparation for their debut to the platform, leaving no room for negative input, which was… let’s say substantial. The decision seems to have sparked a surge of membership cancellations, as well as widespread outrage on Reddit and an apparent Discord push to give away free subscriptions to make up for the quitters. Imagine a world free of NFT rip-offs!
Unity+Weta: Massive engine developer Unity has reportedly acquired Weta Digital, and if the name Weta doesn’t ring any bells, try it with a New Zealand accent: It’s Peter Jackson’s co-founded firm that serves as the basis for Lord of the Rings and other properties’ digital design work. Unity reportedly paid $1.62 billion for the firm. Unity CEO John Riccitiello adds, “We are excited to democratize these industry-leading tools and bring Sir Peter Jackson’s vision and Weta’s outstanding technical ability to life for artists worldwide.” “By combining the power of Unity and Weta Digital, an entirely new generation of creators will be able to build, transform, and distribute stunning RT3D content,” says the company. “The tools and technology that built characters and scenes from the world’s most iconic films, such as Avatar, Lord of the Rings, and Wonder Woman, will enable an entirely new generation of creators to build, transform, and distribute stunning RT3D content.”
Roblox’s Q3 2021 revenue continues to perplex, with a claimed 102 percent rise in sales over Q3 2020, which was, of course, before the firm went public in November 2020. It recorded a net loss of $74 million in the quarter, as well as a 31% rise in daily active users compared to the same period previous year. This year, the firm has been harshly chastised for abusing underage labor, and it has already lost money in three consecutive public quarters.
Epic Games has removed a Travis Scott-related emote from the Fortnite cash store after the horrific Astroworld performance this past weekend. Out West, an emote that reportedly copied Scott’s music, was blocked this weekend in the aftermath of Scott’s performance, which left eight people dead and hundreds wounded. Scott previously collaborated with Epic on the Fortnite Astronomical event last year, and he is presently facing many lawsuits for his involvement in the catastrophe.