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Unity Software, a San Francisco-based company known for its popular video game engine, has filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "U."

Why it matters: The company's move comes at a time when its main rival, Epic Games' Unreal video games engine, is under a cloud as its parent company faces expulsion from the Apple App Store.

By the numbers:

  • Revenue: Unity is still unprofitable.
    • In 2018, it had $131.6 million in losses on $380.8 million in revenue.
    • In 2019, it had $163.2 million in losses on $541.8 million in revenue.
    • In the first six months of 2020, it had $54.2 million in losses on $351.3 million in revenue.
  • In the first six months of 2020, Unity had 716 customers contributing more than $100,000 in annual revenue each.
  • The company says it has 1.5 million monthly active creators, whose apps are downloaded 3 billion times per month.
  • Unity's top shareholders are Sequoia Capital, Silver Lake and JA Technologies ApS.

The big picture: Unity's filing is just one of a number of tech IPO announcements in the past 24 hours. Niche technology Snowflake, Sumo Logic and JFrog all disclosed their plans to go public on Monday.

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What happened: The Robinhood effect.

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Microsoft acquires gaming giant ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion

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Microsoft said Monday it would acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, one of the largest privately held game developers and publishers in the world, for $7.5 billion in cash. 

Why it matters: The deal brings an unprecedented level of gaming expertise and resources, including intellectual property, talent, and technology, to Microsoft's Xbox. It will also help further lift Microsoft's cloud gaming suite, Xbox Game Pass.

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