Amazon’s head of Hearth TV, Kindle, and its new Luna cloud gaming service departed the corporate this month. Marc Whitten has joined Unity as an govt on the corporate’s Unity Create enterprise. Unity is a cross-platform sport engine that many builders use to get their video games working throughout a number of units.
Whitten’s departure, noticed by Matthew Ball on Twitter, comes lower than six months after Amazon launched an early access version of Luna, the corporate’s new cloud gaming service. It additionally comes throughout the identical month Google introduced it’s shutting down its in-house game development studios for Stadia. That’s left the writing on the wall for Stadia, because it more and more appears like Google will give attention to licensing the underlying tech it has constructed out to trade companions.
Amazon’s Luna is at present accessible on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android so long as you’re invited to strive the service. Amazon has additionally expanded Luna to Fire TV devices without an invite, nevertheless it’s nonetheless restricted to simply the US proper now. It’s not clear when Amazon plans to make Luna accessible extra broadly.
Whitten confirmed his Amazon departure on Twitter yesterday. “I’m simply digging in at Unity after all, however it’s so a lot enjoyable seeing the quantity of vitality, ardour, and creator/consumer love right here,” he mentioned.
Earlier than Whitten arrived at Amazon, he spent 14 years at Microsoft serving to launch three Xbox consoles. Whitten left Microsoft in 2014 to take up the function of chief product officer at wi-fi audio firm Sonos. He has spent the final practically 5 years overseeing the Hearth TV, Amazon’s Kindle units, and the launch of Luna.