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Singapore’s game industry tipped for growth

Zafar Anjum | May 17, 2012
Unity Technologies forms strategic partnerships with Singapore’s government and education institutions to boost games industry.

Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity multi-platform engine and development tools, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore Polytechnic on 16 May.

According to the gaming software company, Singapore Polytechnic will incorporate Unity as the primary game engine in its game development curriculum. It will also create a Centre of Excellence to teach the visualisation and simulation capabilities of Unity.

"Games and game technologies are not just for entertainment. They have increasingly found their way into applications for education, engineering and business. Singapore Polytechnic's collaboration with Unity will give our new generation of game developers the tools they need to take their creations to the next level. We will unite with Unity to sharpen these game toolsets," said Lim Peng Hun, deputy principal, Singapore Polytechnic.

In Singapore, Unity Technologies is working with the Media Development Authority (MDA) to help improve productivity of the games developers by leveraging on Unity in their rapid prototyping development at the Games Solution Centre which is managed by Nanyang Polytechnic, said the company. This allows developers a more efficient way to develop their content while minimising time spent on building up a suite of development tools.

A similar MoU exists between Unity and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. These collaborations solidify Unity's position as the development platform of choice in the region. Students at Ngee Ann Polytechnic have been using Unity game engine to develop Web and mobile games since 2009.

Access to Unity's game engine can potentially benefit more than 500 local game developers over the next three years, said Thomas Lim, director of interactive media, games and publishing, MDA.


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