Unity buys the company behind voice chat in Fortnite, PUBG, League of Legends

UnityVideo game development company Unity has acquired Vivox, a provider of cross-platform voice and text communication tools for games. Vivox powers the voice chat for hugely popular games such as Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and League of Legends.

As a result of the acquisition, it will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unity but will continue to operate independently. The Vivox team, including its founder and CEO Rob Seaver, will join Unity, while remaining headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

“Vivox and Unity share a common mission: to empower creators and developers with the most powerful and accessible tools and services,” said John Riccitiello, Unity Technologies CEO. “The ability for gamers to speak to each other, in real-time, is a requirement in connected games because players want to enjoy great moments together. With Vivox part of Unity, we’re excited to work with the team to make connected communications a seamless integration for devs and develop a future roadmap that takes in-game communications to exciting new places.”

“It has always been our mission to provide game developers the easiest communications services for their games, regardless of platform, scale, or size,” said Seaver. “Unity touches more than 3bn devices worldwide and over half of all mobile games are made on Unity, which means our partnership gives developers across the globe an easy entry point into building the creation of their dreams. We’re thrilled to become part of the Unity team.”