VFX Agora brings live video chat to game developers

Agora brings live video chat to game developers

Agora, the voice, video and live broadcasting platform, has announced the launch of its gaming-focused software development kits (SDKs) on the Unity Asset Store, a two-sided marketplace where creators can find, source, and sell everything they need to be successful.

Building a global video network capable of providing high-quality, low latency real-time communications is costly and resource intensive. Powered by the Agora Software Defined Real-Time Network , Agora’s SDKs enable developers to embed crystal-clear video and 3D spatial audio easily into any game without having to build out their network infrastructure.

“Live video technology is becoming increasingly popular across every industry but many developers don’t know these features can be implemented into their existing applications quickly and with minimal impact on CPU and power consumption. By partnering with the Unity Asset Store, we’re making it easy for developers to create engaging gaming experiences through our innovative video solutions,” said Agora CEO Tony Zhao.

Agora’s existing customers include Bunch, the first group video chat app for mobile games, and Vainglory, a popular multiplayer online battle arena game. Both applications utilise Agora’s in-app video chat technology to allow communication between teammates during gameplay.

“We are excited about this partnership with Unity, a company whose mission to democratise gaming development mirror our own. We designed our technology to work seamlessly inside the Unity Editor as a valuable addition to the Asset Store,” continued Zhao.

This integration follows an explosive year for Agora, which included the release of new products like the React Native SDK, a wave of seasoned management hires, and a series of new partnerships with global technology innovators. The company also recently closed $70 million in a Series C round of funding led by Coatue Management, bringing Agora’s total capital raised to $125 million to date.