US gaming software developer Unity wants to supercharge its growth in China

홍콩 (CNN 사업)US gaming software developer Unity is partnering with some of the biggest names in China tech to establish a billion-dollar joint venture aimed at growing its business in the world’s largest market for online games.

The venture willunlock new opportunitiesto enhance cooperation with local companies and increase its investment in research and development to better serve the needs of Chinese creators, 단일성 에서 말했다 진술 posted on Chinese social media platform WeChat late on Tuesday.
The San Francisco-based company first entered China in 2012 and has powered many of the country’s most popular games with its software tools, 포함 Tencent’s (티시) Honor of Kings and miHoYo’s Genshin Impact.
    But the American company’s expansion in China comes at an uncertain time for the world’s second largest economy. A crackdown by Beijing on leading internet brands has hurt growth, and rising tension with the United States over Taiwan and other geopolitical issues is fueling a technological arms race.
      The local partners it plans to work with include major players in China’s tech industry: 알리바바 (바바), China Mobile (CHL), ByteDance’s Douyin Group, smartphone company Oppo, miHoYo, Xiamen-based online game developer G-Bits Network Technology, and PCI Technology, an AI technology service provider.
          People walk below a billboard ad of fantasy game "Genshin Impact&인용; from Shanghai-based developer miHoYo in Hong Kong, China October 20, 2020.  The game has been powered by Unity's software tools.

          Unity will have majority control of its China venture, 그것은 말했다. The venture will be valued at $ 1 billion following investments from the local partners.
          Junbo Zhang, who currently serves as Unity’s general manager for Greater China, will lead the venture as president and CEO, the company added.
          China is the world’s largest gaming market since 2017, but investors have lately been concerned about the impact Beijing’s internet crackdown and the economic slowdown will have on the industry.
          Since late 2020, Chinese authorities have launched a sweeping campaign in an effort to rein in big players in industries ranging from tech and finance to gaming, entertainment and private education. Last August, 당국 banned online gamers under the age of 18 from playing on weekdays.
            에 2021, China’s gaming industry generated a total revenue of nearly $ 47 십억, 쪽으로 6.4% 전년도부터. While this represents much slower growth than 2020, China’s gaming revenue still accounted for more than a fifth of the global market, based on recent estimates by global accounting firm PwC.
            인터뷰 with Chinese tech media site 36kr last month, Zhang, Unity’s China head, said the company plans to hire about 1,000 software engineers in China over the next few years. Unity didn’t respond to a request for comments about the reported hiring plan.

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