Earlier at their GDC 2019 keynote, Unity announced the beta release of Unity Distribution Portal, or UDP for short… thank goodness that acronym isn’t taken! So what exactly is UDP? Its a combination of a beta package in Unity that integrates with their existing analytics and IAP packages and enables you to submit to the UDP. The UDP itself is an online portal for managing publishing, IAP and tracking of multiple different online stores around the world.
Described succinctly as:
Create once, publish everywhere
UDP reduces the engineering complexities associated with publishing to multiple app stores, enables you to distribute and operate games in local markets, and connects you with hundreds of millions of players worldwide through participating app stores.
Currently limited to the Android platform and only a few live app stores ( Catappult and MOO Store), with more coming online soon. Essentially it allows you to publish to more stores with very little extra effort, all managed and reported in a single interface. More interesting, is the following question and answer pair from the FAQ:
Does UDP support non-Unity games?
Currently, UDP only supports games made with Unity. However, in the future, UDP will be engine-agnostic. More details on this will be coming soon.
For more details on the Unity Distribution Portal beta visit here. See it in action in the video below.