Amazon Is Hoping One of These New Shows Will Be Its Answer to ‘Game of Thrones’

Amazon is looking at the science fiction genre for its next big hit in video streaming.

The retail giant is developing three new shows that will be adaptations of popular works of science-fiction including Ringworld, Snow Crash, and Lazarus, according to a report Thursday evening by Variety.

It’s part of Amazon’s quest to become a powerhouse online film and television studio and find a possible cult-hit like HBO’s Game of Thrones or AMC’s Walking Dead.

Author Larry Niven’s Ringworld, which debuted in 1970, is a space odyssey set in the future in which a bored man who is 200 years-old ventures out to the mysterious Ringworld that’s three million times bigger than Earth. Amazon will co-produce Ringworld with MGM Studios, the report said.

The Snow Crash show will be based on writer Neal Stephenson’s popular 1992 novel set in the not-too-distant future in which corporations like a giant pizza franchise reign supreme and virtual reality, unlike today, is mainstream. Paramount Television is co-producing the show with Amazon.

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The Lazarus show will be based on the comic book series of the same name, published by Image Comics. The series is set in a dystopian future in which 16 rival families rule the world and operate like feudal societies. The comic book’s author Greg Rucka, will also be the show’s author and executive producer. Rucka also worked on the comic book show Jessica Jones, which is available on Amazon Prime’s video streaming rival Netflix.

Fortune contacted Amazon for more information about when the shows will debut and will update this story if it responds.

In September, Amazon’s in-house studio chief Roy Price said in an interview that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants the company to create “big shows to move the needle” like the fantasy series Game of Thrones. If Amazon can create cult-hits, it can lure more people to subscribe to its Amazon Prime instant video service.


Unity touts new services for game developers such as monetization, analytics, and discovery

Unity Heat Maps show where players have been in a game.

Unity Technologies announced today that it has made it easier than ever for game developers to make money, run analytics, and get their games discovered thanks to free services that come with the Unity game engine.

Beyond enabling game companies to make games more easily, Unity is also making it more convenient them to add advertisements and monetize games. It is making it easy for the companies to generate revenue from the ads and receive analytics. Developers can add Unity Ads simply by clicking a button within the Unity 5 development tool and adding two lines of code. They can do the same for analytics, which is free.

“It’s a complete seamless integration that makes analytics simpler than ever,” said John Cheng, general manager for analytics at Unity. “It’s so seamless now there is no reason not to do it.”

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Cheng demonstrated the new services at the Unite 2015 event in Boston.

Bandai Namco Entertainment used Unity Analytics for Pac-Man 256, which has had more than 10 million users.

Unity also makes heat maps that shows game developers where players are spending their time in a game. The Unity Heat Map features is available for free as part of the Unity game engine.

Big games shipping on Unity include Lara Croft Go, which was made by a small team at Square Enix’s studio in Montreal. It was published across multiple platforms using Unity.

Unity analytics general manager John Cheng.

Above: Unity analytics general manager John Cheng.

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