Hello Unity Community. This is my first blog post and I’m happy to be sharing some very exciting news. I joined Unity almost two months ago to assist with commercial and institutional licensing. In my short time here, Unity has maintained a whirlwind pace of product announcements, resource partnerships, tech demos and conference appearances. It has certainly been an exhilarating start to a new job.
Prior to joining Unity I spent a number of years working with colleges setting up game design and game programming courses around the world. In 2005 there were only 30 schools that offered any sort of accredited game development courses. Fast-forward to 2010 and hundreds of higher education institutions are now offering, not just courses, but full-fledged degrees in 3D simulation and electronic game production. During this time, Unity has rapidly become the most popular game engine in use at these schools. Every month dozens of professors and program directors contact us asking for more information about adopting Unity Pro and Unity iPhone.
Unity is also firmly committed to supporting the Google Android platform. We strongly feel that competition in the mobile handset and tablet PC markets will create lucrative opportunities for mobile developers. Last week we announced a huge opportunity for Unity developers who want to expand their business to Android: we are giving away 500 Nexus One Android phones (details available here.) However, in our eagerness to kick start Unity Android game production, we do not want to skip over the important role schools play in shaping the next generation of application designers. That is why I am pleased to announce that today Unity is opening an RFP (Request For Proposal) to select up to three schools whose programs will each be awarded 20 copies of Unity Android Pro, Unity Pro and 20 Nexus One Phones.
We will try to ship phones to most places. Although accredited colleges and universities worldwide are eligible, Unity Technologies can only ship phones to addresses in the US, Canada, EU / EEA states, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. If Unity Technologies cannot ship a phone(s) to a school because of taxes, embargoes, FCC restrictions, customs duties and / or fees levied by the destination country or any other reason, Unity Technologies may still grant the software portion of the award. Unity Technologies reserves the right at all times to cancel or alter to the award criteria and reclaim any awarded materials
All participating schools agree that this promotion shall be governed by the laws of the state of Denmark.