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dPVS Middleware Acquired by Umbra

Posted Sep 06, 2006 by Jon Wood

dPVS Middleware Acquired by Umbra

It's not always game news that come out of conferences like AGC. Sometimes, it's the technology behind the games, as dPVS middleware was today acquired by Umbra Software from Hybrid Graphics Ltd:

 

Umbra Software Ltd. Completes Acquisition of Hybrid Graphics’ dPVS Middleware

Austin Game Conference, Texas, September 6th, 2006 — Umbra Software Ltd. announced that it has completed the acquisition of the dPVS middleware from Hybrid Graphics Ltd. dPVS is the market leading visibility optimization middleware for Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs).

Under the terms of the agreement, Umbra Software will be the sole owner and licensor of dPVS and all future support and services for existing customers will be handled by Umbra Software Ltd.

The game development middleware dPVS was pioneered at Hybrid Graphics to be the cutting edge visibility tool used by heavy-hitting game developers, such as SOE and NCSoft.

With the acquisition of Hybrid Graphics by NVIDIA Corporation earlier this year, Hybrid sharpened its focus by deciding to sell the PC and game console development middleware.

“We are tickled pink to see dPVS going to a good home where the future development of the software will be in capable hands”, says Mr. Ville Miettinen, CTO of Hybrid Graphics.

Umbra Software’s new CTO Mr. Otso Mäkinen, who has had 8 years of experience with dPVS while at Hybrid Graphics adds “At Umbra Software our goal is to build on dPVS and develop the next generation version, modernizing it for high end gaming platforms”. Umbra Software is currently developing new version of dPVS, Umbra, which will fully utilize the modern graphics hardware. Umbra targets the Xbox 360™, PlayStation®3, and PC platforms.

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