Unity today celebrated their 10 year anniversary and kicked off Unite Europe 2015 in Amsterdam at the Westergasfabriek, with 1100 attendees from video games development attending to share ideas, learn best practices, and help each other create fantastic new video games.
CEO John Riccitiello opened Unite Europe 2015 to outline Unity’s three key guiding principles: democratize game development, solve hard problems, and help developers succeed. Unity EVP of Ads and Everyplay Jussi Laakkonen then discussed how Unity Ads is helping developers make revenue and drive user engagement and announced that Unity Ads would be integrated into the Unity engine with the release of 5.2 this autumn. Unity Analytics John Cheng also demonstrated how the massive amounts of data streaming into Unity analytics can be used to understand the greater market and will allow developers to make smart decisions.
As the presentation moved to the technology behind Unity, CTO Joachim Ante dived into The Blacksmith demo to show off its beautiful graphical features and announce that many of the assets from The Blacksmith are now available to use on the Asset Store. Additionally, The Blacksmith runtime demo is now available for download. For more information on The Blacksmith project assets and demo visit: http://blogs.unity3d.com/2015/06/24/releasing-the-blacksmith/
Lucas Meijer continued with a rundown of the recent changes to Unity 5.1, showing off how the new Unity networking solution works, and discuss how the new features will make Unity the best tool for developing VR and AR experiences. Finally, Lucas also had the pleasure of announcing that Unity has now has a Public Roadmap.
Guest speaker, Mariina Hallikainen, CEO and co-founder of Colossal Order, took center stage to talk about how a team of 9 built a game Cities Skylines that directly challenged one of the most venerable franchises in PC gaming. Finally, David Helgason took a look back at the first 10 years since Unity 1 launched at WWDC in 2005 by introducing a special 10-year anniversary highlight reel showcasing games from the past, present, and future.
You can view the full Unite Europe keynote here for all the details: https://www.youtube.com/embed/PcIeARKSnqU and make sure to follow us as well since we’re directly present in Amsterdam, close to the conference.