Bink going from RAD to Epic

So in the recent news I read about Epic Games acquiring RAD Game Tools and I guess I have to say something about that.

RAD was an example of a good niche company: it has been providing game makers with essential tools for more than quarter of century and offering new things too. Some people might remember their Miles Sound System and Smacker format from DOS times, some have heard about Bink video, others care about their other tools or recent general data compression library that even got hardware decoding support on PS5. And one of the under-appreciated things is that the developers are free to publish their research so you can actually read how their things were developed and improved. If that does not convince you of their competence I don’t know what can. (Side note: considering that you usually get useless whitepapers that evade describing how things work, the posts from Charles or Fabian are especially outstanding).

Since I’m no expert in business matters and lack inside knowledge I don’t know if it’s a good or bad step for a company and its products. Nevertheless I wish them good luck and prosperous and interesting future even if we have Electronic Arts to show us an example of what happens when a small company gets bought by a large game developer and publisher.

P.S. I would be grateful if they fill in missing details about Bink2 video but this is unlikely to happen and probably somebody caring enough about it should finish the reverse engineering.

3 Responses to “Bink going from RAD to Epic”

  1. Anon says:

    the moment Cheem Sweepey whined about Apple being “anti-competitive” over “their right” to exploit everyone’s bank account through microtransactions and all that jazz (have you seen that Why We Fight page? or his twitter accout?) is the moment i couldn’t see Epic Games the same way.

    nevertheless, i wish RAD the best in their endeavours going forward. or at least hope they’re being treated well in some capacity.

  2. Kostya says:

    I haven’t played anything of theirs since the time they lost “Mega” in their title but from what I occasionally hear it’s not been a nice company for a last decade or so.

    Other than that I fully agree with your sentiment.

  3. Love love LOVE the title on this post! 🙂