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Unity Connect is ending... can we help?

rcarlson profile image Robert Carlson ・2 min read

Earlier this fall Unity announced it was ending it's game dev community Unity Connect. Here is a quote from an email sent out to their users.

Hi User,

Today we’re announcing that on February 4, 2021, Unity Connect, our dedicated talent and sharing marketplace, will shut down. We’re proud of the community that rallied around Connect and we are inspired by the great sharing and discovery that came from it.

We want to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone who uses Connect. If you are an active user on the platform, click here to learn more about the alternatives that will be provided for some Connect features. If you would like to download any part of your profile, please feel free to do so before we delete your information on February 4, 2021.

They go into more detail on their website stating the reasons behind this shutdown:

We launched Unity Connect almost four years ago in an effort to provide a free community tool for all users, of all experience levels, to connect with each other. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on February 4, 2021, we will retire Unity Connect. Some features, e.g. posting new content, creating job posts, will be locked prior to this date.

We understand that these changes might cause inconvenience, therefore, we have made sure to provide alternatives for some of the most popular Connect features, please read on to learn more.

Should Lets Build fill this need?

With Unity Connect ending in February, there is an opportunity for Lets Build to fill a need within the greater community. I wonder what your thoughts are on Unity Connect. Why do you think it failed? Do you think we should try to reach out to this group? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

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Ian

Might not have failed. It may just not have met Unity's requirements for success. Maybe it wasn't generating enough revenue for the work required

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Chris Pluta

I would agree as well.

I'm not too familiar with the community but it looked like it was originally a way to connect people for jobs and then slowly morphed into a network for sharing content and ideas with each other. Kind of like us! 😄

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Robert Carlson Author

That's a good point. I think we would define success a lot differently than Unity. I haven't followed them recently but I know they have there eyes on an IPO, so going 'lean' is probably a priority.

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Ian

Probably. And yeh your success would be measured much differently.