Popular video game engine Unity has had a lot of bad press over the past year, the result of things like mass layoffs and some really awful comments from its CEO. Today, the trend continues as it was recently announced that the company has signed a new three-year, multi-million dollar deal with a technology company that will make it the provider of the “real-time 3D platform of choice” for the US government various defense agencies and militaries.
Unit is a widely used video game engine, often described as lightweight, easy to use and flexible, which allows indie developers and major studios to create games that can be scaled across multiple platforms such as Xbox, PC and Switch. The engine drives numerous gameshow Among Us, V Rising, Call of Duty Mobile, and Cuphead. But this flexibility and power has also caught the attention of people outside of the gaming industry, including companies that help build simulation and other systems for the US government and military.
As announced earlier this weekUnity is parenting with CACI International on what the company calls an “exciting” three-year, multi-million dollar contract that will help it become the “real-time 3D platform of choice for future systems design and simulation programs across the US government.”
If, like most people reading this, you don’t know what CACI is, here’s how the company describes itself on its own website:
CACI is a $6 billion company whose mission, corporate technology and expertise play a critical role in our national security, protecting our troops and enabling our government to provide affordable, quality assistance to all Americans.
It sounds a lot like Unity is once again making deals to help the US government and military develop technology that could aid soldiers and the country’s ability to fight wars abroad. And while some might not mind working on such technologies, as we saw last year, Many employees at Unity actually had a problem how the company handled those deals. There have been reports that some employees were working on parts of the engine that would benefit Unity’s government and military contracts, but the developers had no idea.
my box has contacted Unity regarding this latest contract and how the company plans to sever or update its game engine developers from working with CACI for military and government contracts.