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Unity co-founder moving on to games development

Unity co-founder and COO Nicholas Francis is stepping down from the technology company in order to begin a career in games development, he announced on his blog.

"So I will be leaving Unity in order to join your ranks and dedicate myself to creating games," he wrote, explaining his interests now lie in creating things within Unity as oppose to continuing to build the engine itself. "As great as it has been building Unity, I have come to feel that actually using it is what really scratches my itch. On days where I can just get into the zone and fidget around with some shaders, gamecode, a custom editor tool or whatnot, I feel really fulfilled."

Unity Technologies was founded in 2004 by Francis, David Helgason and Joachim Ante following the commercial failure of their first video game title, GooBall. The Unity engine has since found its own success among independent game developers and particularly mobile game studios.

Francis did not reveal details of his new project or whether he plans to found or join an existing studio. Polygon will update when further information is made available.