Unity Technologies, a San Francisco, Calif.-based provider of a multi‐platform engine and development tools, has signed multi‐year strategic partnerships with Bally Technologies and SHFL entertainment.

Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, a flexible and high‐performance development platform used to make creative and intelligent interactive 3D and 2D experiences. By combining the power of the Unity engine with the breadth and depth of Bally Technologies' slot offerings, Bally Technologies will be able to build the most innovative electronic gaming offerings on the market.

Unity, used by slot manufacturers and online gambling companies around the world to create some of the most exciting and compelling interactive gambling content, is one of the most widely adopted middleware solutions for development in the gambling industry. The Unity developer community is more than 1.5 million developers strong and includes thousands of game studios across the world, both large and small. Unity is an excellent solution for gambling companies (land‐based, online and mobile) looking to work with development houses already familiar with the powerful, deep, and efficient development tools.

Unity is also known for its efficient design, enabling wild creativity while keeping development cycles and costs down. In‐editor play testing allows for lightning fast iteration and the excellent art pipeline enables art assets to be saved from any popular art tool (Photoshop, Maya, Modo, and more) in order to effect change to every instance of that asset across the project automatically.

“Bally Technologies is committed to innovation and delivering the world's most popular and cutting‐edge games,” said Derik Mooberry, senior vice president of games, Bally Technologies. “We look forward to working closely with Unity Technologies and using the Unity solutions to help continue our innovation and development of highly entertaining game content for casino operators and players.”

With the Unity engine, SHFL entertainment will expand its popular cutting‐edge gaming entertainment content through Electronic Gaming Machines, which include traditional video slot machines, and iGaming, which features online versions of SHFL's table games, social gaming, and mobile applications.

“Technology is at the heart of all we do and SHFL entertainment is excited to begin our work and collaboration with Unity Technologies,” said Lou Castle, chief strategy officer for SHFL entertainment. “Our product innovation, superior quality, and service make gaming more fun for players and more profitable for operators. We believe our work with the Unity engine will help us deliver this value even broader.”