Epic Games Acquired RAD Games Tools
Epic Games has officially acquired software developer RAD Game Tools which has been a prominent feature in around 24,600 games to date. The game tools will be leveraged as part of Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, but it won’t be exclusive to the engine either, allowing developers from other teams to continue using RAD Game Tools. Epic Games’ Fortnite is available for free right now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, and Android.
“We know first-hand how impressive RAD’s compression technology is, having used it to improve the load time and quality of our most popular games, including Fortnite,” said Chief Technology Officer at Epic Games, Kim Libreri. “The RAD team includes some of the world’s leading compression, video, and game dev tooling experts, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Epic family.”
“Our work with Epic goes back decades, and joining forces is a natural next step given our alignment on products, mission, and culture,” founder and CEO of RAD Game Tools Jeff Roberts. “We both believe that solid technologies enable developers to build beautiful, performant, and reliable experiences. We’re excited and humbled to join the amazing Epic team.”
“Members of the RAD team will partner closely with Epic’s rendering, animation, insights, and audio teams, integrating key tech and improvements across Unreal Engine and beyond. RAD and Epic combining forces will allow even more developers access to tools that make their games load and download faster, and offer their players a better, higher quality video and gaming experience.”
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