Autodesk buys video game 'engine' maker

SAN RAFAEL -- Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) on Monday said it acquired Stockholm-based Bitsquid AB, a developer of "game engine" software, which displays the complex graphics in modern video games.

Autodesk said the acquisition will boost not only the company’s current portfolio of software for video game applications but also software that allows real-time product and architectural design.

“Autodesk’s acquisition of Bitsquid will revolutionize real-time exploration of complex data,” said Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president of Autodesk Media & Entertainment, in a written statement. "Imagine being able to walk through and explore any type of design, from buildings to cars, with the same freedom you experience in the open world of a next-generation console game. Game-engine technologies will be an increasingly critical part of the workflow, not only for creating games, but also for designing buildings or solving complex urban infrastructure challenges."

Autodesk said it will release more information about a new 3-D game graphics engine later this year.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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