Virtual World and Game Developers: Unity Games Engine Coming to LG's Smart TVs

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity multi-platform engine and development tools, and LG, one of the world's largest manufacturer of high quality electronics, are happy to announce that they have finalized an agreement that is the first stage of a strategic collaboration that will create mass-market demand for games on Smart TVs by bringing Unity-authored titles to LG's 2012 line of televisions.

This is brilliant news for the games developers working on Connected TV projects as well as taking the idea of interactive virtual worlds one step closer to the living room.

A leader in the development and production of TVs, LG has designed their new TVs as all-in-one multimedia systems where consumers can find a wide range of entertainment. Unity Technologies' Union division helps developers using Unity distribute their games to new platforms. Unity, through its Union business unit, plans to make numerous games available on upcoming LG models and expects more to be available in the future.

"The television technology LG is introducing this year is very impressive and offers an incredible opportunity for the developers under the Union umbrella to reach a new market," said David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies. "Our goal with Union is to create new avenues of distribution for developers using Unity, and LG smart TVs are creating a massive and new gaming audience."

LG's 2012 HDTV models feature the ability to play video games straight from the TV and include a new gyroscopic motion controller, called the Magic Motion Remote, and a more powerful video processor that will enable a wide variety of video games to be played without the need of a console. Union's game catalogue provides the breadth of technology and content needed for LG TVs with games such as the dazzling third-person shooter Shadowgun and the family friendly and motion controller enabled Frisbee Forever, both of which were demonstrated at LG's booth at CES 2012.

"Adding a huge catalog of Unity-authored titles to the line-up of games available on LG TVs will boost the incredible value that our customers receive when choosing one of our HDTV models," said Sang-Woo Lee, Head of Content Division of LG TV. "We want our TVs to be the most comprehensive platform for entertainment on the market and having access to such an impressive array of games helps make that happen."

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