Unity acquires VFX platform Weta for $1.6bn

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by Danielle Partis

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Unity has entered an agreement to acquire VFX platform Weta Digital, with aims to lean further into the metaverse.

Weta was co-founded by director Peter Jackson, and is responsible for the digital design and animation in some of the world’s biggest entertainment franchises, including The Lord of The Rings, Avengers, and Game of Thrones.

The $1.62 billion deal will see Unity gain Weta’s pool of 275 staff, as well as dozens of digital design tools, thousands of assets, and Weta’s data platform.

Weta CEO Prem Akkaraju will remain in their position, while Weta CTO Joe Marks will join Unity, but

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