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Google shutting down Poly 3D content platform

Google shutting down Poly 3D content platform Google is almost running out of AR/VR projects to kill off. The company announced today in an email to Poly users that they will be shutting 3D-object creation and library platform “forever” next year. The service will shut down on June 30, 2021 and users […]

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What is Roblox worth?

What is Roblox worth? With Roblox joining the end-of-year unicorn stampede toward the public markets, we’re set for a contentedly busy second half of November and early December. I hope you didn’t have vacation planned in the next few weeks. This morning we need to get deeper into the Roblox S-1 so […]

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Unity raises IPO price range after JFrog, Snowflake target steep debut valuations

Unity raises IPO price range after JFrog, Snowflake target steep debut valuations On the heels of two IPOs pricing above raised ranges, Unity boosted the value of its own impending debut this morning. The well-known unicorn is currently set to begin trading this Friday, pricing after the bell Thursday. If that happens, […]

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Extra Crunch Friday roundup: Edtech funding surges, Poland VC survey, inside Shift’s SPAC plan, more

Extra Crunch Friday roundup: Edtech funding surges, Poland VC survey, inside Shift’s SPAC plan, more I live in San Francisco, but I work an East Coast schedule to get a jump on the news day. So I’d already been at my desk for a couple of hours on Wednesday morning when I […]

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How Unity built a gaming engine for the future

How Unity built a gaming engine for the future Eric Peckham Contributor Share on Twitter Eric Peckham is the creator of the Monetizing Media newsletter and podcast. He was previously TechCrunch’s media columnist. Last week, Unity Software Inc. filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, but the 16-year-old tech […]

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As losses expand, Asana is confident it has the ticket for a successful public listing

As losses expand, Asana is confident it has the ticket for a successful public listing Asana, the project management software developer, dropped its filing for a direct listing on one of the busiest days of a surprisingly busy late summer. The task management toolkit provider started by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and […]

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Unity’s IPO numbers look pretty … unreal?

Unity’s IPO numbers look pretty … unreal? Unity, the company founded in a Copenhagen apartment in 2004, is poised for an initial public offering with numbers that look pretty strong. Even as its main competitor, Epic Games, is in the throes of a very public fight with Apple over the fees the […]

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CRV’s Saar Gur wants to invest in a new wave of games built for VR, Twitch and Zoom

CRV’s Saar Gur wants to invest in a new wave of games built for VR, Twitch and Zoom Saar Gur is adept at identifying the next big consumer trends earlier than most: The San Francisco-based general partner at CRV has led investments into leading consumer internet companies like Niantic, DoorDash, Bird, Dropbox, […]

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VCs see opportunities for gaming infrastructure startups and incumbents

VCs see opportunities for gaming infrastructure startups and incumbents As the infrastructure for developing games becomes more advanced, studios have turned to buying best-in-class technology from others instead of building everything from scratch (often with inferior quality). This shift underpinned Unity’s rise as the most popular game engine. The current focus on […]

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Unity acquires Dublin-based deep learning startup Artomatix

Unity acquires Dublin-based deep learning startup Artomatix Unity has acquired AI game developer tools startup Artomatix. The Dublin startup builds developer tools that allowed game studios to more easily create deep learning-enhanced textures that scale more convincingly. Developers can use the startup’s ArtEngine platform bring in real-world materials to their game worlds, […]

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