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Microsoft acquires Simplygon

Simplygon indie license shipping with Unreal Engine 4, Microsoft buys Simplygon
Simplygon shipping with Unreal Engine 4
The new acquisition is a developer of automatic 3D data optimization solutions headquartered in Sweden that has been founded back in 2006. Microsoft aims to accelerate its 3D For Everyone vision and strategy with the help of the Simplygon team.

Microsoft continues its acquisition spree by adding the power of a new Swedish team of developers to its current forces. Donya Labs, the company behind Simplygon, has been around for more than a decade and, as described by Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda, the brand is "a premier developer of automatic 3D data-optimization solutions."

Simplygon uses proprietary methods for creating Level of detail LODs, employing Polygon mesh reduction and various other optimization techniques. Since its launch, it has been used by some AAA game studios, but it also helped developers of solutions for architecture, 3D CAM, 3D scan, 3D printing, and 3D web. Even more, a license comes with the Unreal Engine 4 installer.

According to Kudo Tsunoda, Simplygon "builds on and extends our aspirations to empower a new wave of creativity with the Windows 10 Creators Update, Paint 3D and our online creator community at" The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it is known that, as it usually happens in such cases, the team behind Simplygon will become a part of the Redmond giant.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-18 (Update: 2017-01-18)