twofour54 Abu Dhabi announced a 10 year partnership with Unity Technologies to create a center of excellence that will provide the game development industry with unparalleled on-site support for students, professionals and small businesses in the Middle East and Africa. Together, the companies will develop a state-of-the-art gaming hub where local startups and students can learn the skills needed to succeed in the gaming industry. The training initiative will stand alongside a competitive subsidy package for developers.
"This partnership with Unity shows our shared and dedicated vision to establish Abu Dhabi as the premier gaming hub in the region," noted H.E. Mohammed Al Mubarak. “As one of the largest, most innovative and respected companies in the gaming industry, Unity is at the top of the technology curve. I join the Abu Dhabi leadership to welcome them to Abu Dhabi and to establish their regional headquarters in the Middle East and Africa. Their commitment to the region will accelerate the growth of the UAE gaming industry and deliver exactly what game developers need locally to be successful. "
The Center of Excellence will host game development companies of all sizes who will benefit from Unity's technical and business support services. In addition to providing game creation, business development support and academic education services, it will serve as a catalyst for science in the UAE as a training and entrepreneurial platform for talent development and career start.
"Working with twofour54 to support the growth of the games industry in Abu Dhabi is a given for Unity as it builds on our principle of enabling success," said Dave Rhodes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Unity Technologies. “The initiatives we bring to the table through this partnership will exponentially improve Abu Dhabi's offerings across the industry value chain, from hands-on academic training to business development to helping game developers. The most exciting and lasting impact will be our work to create sustainable employment opportunities in the local sector and jointly develop skilled workers who have the skills to seize these opportunities. "
"The arrival of Unity is fundamentally changing the industry," added James Hartt, director of Gaming and Strategic Development. “The strategic partnership will deliver the areas that are essential to industry growth, such as: B. Talent development and technical support in building games. This will help give Abu Dhabi-based gaming companies the competitive edge they need to be even more successful in this growing industry. Unity's academic program will ensure that skilled, trained and Unity-certified individuals are constantly entering the industry to meet the increased demand generated by Abu Dhabi's dedicated subsidy program for game development companies. "