Epic and Unity rev their engines for the next era of entertainment

Two rival developers of 3D graphics tools step up financing efforts as they look beyond video games.

Tim Bradshaw, Miles Kruppa

The two biggest independent makers of the engines that power video games, Unity Technologies and Epic Games, are stepping up their financing efforts to capitalise on the booming market for interactive entertainment.

Unity and Epic both offer “game engines” — software tool kits used by other developers that can provide shortcuts when programming a new game and make graphics look more realistic. These engines are used by millions of designers to create games ranging from puzzle apps to first-person shooters, without having to start coding from scratch every time.

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