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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology

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An attendee playing Fortnite at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles last week.

Businesses are tapping the gaming-engine software of "Fortnite" and other videogames for a broad range of new applications.

Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Businesses are tapping the gaming-engine software of "Fortnite" and other videogames for applications ranging from car design to drug discovery.

Gaming engines exploit complex calculations performed by hardware like graphics processing units to create photorealistic three-dimensional visualization and simulation, in addition to physics models.

In conjunction with virtual reality (VR) technology, gaming engines let designers and engineers invent products, visualize sophisticated designs, and structure worker-training programs.

Designers at McLaren Automotive are using Epic Games' Unreal Engine to create, assess, and refine digital car models, expediting a process that formerly relied on drawings and modeling clay.

Meanwhile, the U.K.'s C4X Discovery Holdings uses gaming engines to discover new disease-fighting molecules, with chemists employing VR headsets and in-house software to configure virtual molecules for more precise targeting.

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