Futuremark

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Futuremark
Subsidiary
Industry Computer software
Founded 1997; 21 years ago (1997)
Headquarters Espoo, Finland
Owner UL
Parent UL
Website benchmarks.ul.com

Futuremark was a Finnish software development company that produced computer benchmark applications for home, business, and press use. Futuremark was acquired by UL[1] on October 31, 2014 and rebranded as UL[2] on April 23, 2018. Now operating as UL, the company makes benchmark applications for computers, tablets, smartphones, servers, and VR systems.

Its headquarters and R&D department are located in Espoo, Finland trading as Futuremark Oy. The company has a sales office in Campbell, California operating as Futuremark Corporation.

History

Founded in 1997 as "Futuremark" by members of the former demoscene group Future Crew, the company is the leading producer of computer benchmark applications in the world. Its software is used by many computer review magazines and websites and is popular within the gaming community; high scores in its 3DMark benchmarks are considered as bragging rights among computer gamers who use it as a way to gauge their computer's performance relative to that of others'.

Soon after being founded the company altered its trading name to "MadOnion.com"[3] until finally settling on "Futuremark Corporation" in 2002.[4]

The 3DMark series has been the company's most popular and successful to date.

Futuremark's applications are distributed via the Internet as well as offline media. In addition to its benchmarking software, the company has also provided services such as IHV/ISV customised benchmarks, 3D demos as well as online and data services.

In March 2007, Futuremark launched a website specialising in news and reviews of PC games, called YouGamers.[5]

In January 2008, Futuremark announced the formation of the Futuremark Games Studio.[6] In August 2008, at the Leipzig Games Convention, Futuremark Games Studio announced details of its first game, Shattered Horizon.[7]

In December 2009, Futuremark's mobile and embedded business unit was spun off and renamed Rightware.

In March 2012, Futuremark sold its game development division to Rovio Entertainment (developer of the Angry Birds franchise) for an undisclosed sum.[8] The sale was intended to allow the company to focus on its benchmarking software.[9]

On October 31, 2014,[1] Futuremark was acquired by UL for an undisclosed sum.[10]

On April 23, 2018, Futuremark was rebranded as UL.[2] The Futuremark website was closed, and its content was moved to a new UL Benchmarks website.

Products

PC benchmarks

Smartphone and tablet benchmarks

Cellphone benchmarks

  • 3DMarkMobile
  • VGMark
  • SimulationMark
  • SPMark

Video games

Other products

  • Peacekeeper, web browser benchmark
  • XL-R8R, based on 3DMark2000
  • Video2000, video performance benchmark

References

  1. ^ a b "UL Signals Strategic Expansion into Performance Benchmarking Services with Futuremark Acquisition | UL". UL. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b "'Futuremark' Is No More; Benchmark Maker Adopts Parent Company's 'UL' Branding". Tom's Hardware. 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  3. ^ Futuremark press release Nov 9th 1999
  4. ^ MadOnion press release Dec 11th 2002
  5. ^ Futuremark press release Mar 7th 2007
  6. ^ Futuremark press release Jan 29th 2008
  7. ^ Futuremark press release Aug 19th 2008
  8. ^ Angry Birds creator acquires games developer, visited 3 April 2012
  9. ^ Ratcliffe, Chris (27 March 2012). ""Angry Birds" creator adds Futuremark Game Studio's team to fleet of talent". Bloomberg. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Hartley, Darleen (November 3, 2014). "Futuremark Acquired by Underwriters Laboratories". Bright Side of News. 

External links

  • UL Benchmarks
  • UL
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