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Segment Builder

Segments are subsets of your player base, split apart by key differentiators, such as country, platform, experience level, or spending patterns. View existing segments and create new ones on the Segment Builder page.

Use segments in the Data ExplorerA Unity Analytics Dashboard page that allows you to build, view and export reports on your Analytics metrics and events. You can also see how metrics and custom events change over time. More info
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and Funnel Analyzer to compare metrics across segments. For example, if you publish your game on both Android and iOSApple’s mobile operating system. More info
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, you can use segments to compare player behavior by platform.

Using segments to compare DAU by platform in the Data Explorer
Using segments to compare DAU by platform in the Data Explorer

Unity AnalyticsA data platform that provides analytics for your Unity game. More info
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defines the following categories of segments:

Life Cycle Segments based on the number of calendar days since a player first used your app. These segments are automatically populated based on core analytics eventsEvents dispatched to the Analytics Service by instances of your applications. Analytics events contain the data that is processed and aggregated to provide insights into player behavior. More info
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.
GeographyPlayer segments based on country. More info
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Segments based on where the player is located in the world. These segments are automatically populated based on analysis of the player’s IP address and other geolocation techniques.
Monetization Segments based on a player’s verified in-app purchases (IAP). These segments are automatically populated if you use Unity’s IAP service. Otherwise, you can report verified IAP purchases using the Analytics.Transaction function.

Note that IAP verification is only supported by the Apple App store and Google Play store.
Platform Segments based on the player’s platform. These segments are populated automatically based on the Unity build.
Custom Any segments you define.

The Segment Builder page lists all the existing segments and shows the current segment population.

The Segment Builder page
The Segment Builder page

You can change the name or delete existing segments, but you cannot change the rules that make up the segment definition. (To use different rules, create a new segment.)

Create a new segment

Create your own segments on the Segment Builder page of your Analytics dashboard.

Important: Unity AnalyticsSee Analytics More info
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evaluates the rules defined in a segment as it processes incoming data. Existing data is not re-evaluated when you create a new segment. Only data received after you create it appears in that segment in Data Explorer and Funnel Analyzer reports.

To create a segment:

  1. On the Analytics dashboard, click the Segment Builder page.
  2. Click the + New Segment button.
  3. Define one or more rules that incoming events must satisfy in order for a user to be included in the segment.
  4. Click the Save button.

Segment Rules

For each custom segment, define one or more rules to determine whether a player is included in a segment. Once a player is included in a custom segment, they are considered part of that segment for up to 90 days even if no further qualifying events are received. When designing segments, take into consideration that there is no way for a player to leave a segment. For example, avoid creating a segment like “Players who have played fewer than 5 levels.” Because players do not leave the segment, they will still be included when they have played more than 5. A better approach might be a set of segments like “Players who have played 1, 2, …, n levels” (at whatever level of detail you find useful).

You can define multiple rules for a segment. You can combine the rules such that ALL the rules must apply, ANY rule must apply, or NONE of the rules can apply for a player to join a segment.

The rules themselves can be derived from core, session-based Analytics events (similar to the standard segments) or can be based on Standard and Custom Events.

Core Analytics segment rules

The standard segments use rules based on the core Analytics events. You can create segment rules using these same criteria by setting the Rule type to any option other than Event. For example, if you wanted platform-based segments beyond the standard Android and iOS segments, you could choose the rule type, User platform is_ and then choose one of the available platforms:

A rule defining a custom platform segment
A rule defining a custom platform segment

Each of the rule types has its own set of options.

Standard and Custom Event segment rules

To create a segment based on Standard and Custom EventsCustom events are freeform events that you can dispatch when an appropriate standard event is not available. Custom events can have any name and up to ten parameters. Use standard events in preference to custom events where possible. More info
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, leave the Rule type as Event and choose the event name from the Event name list. Only events that have already been received from your game appear in the list. Thus, before creating event-based segments, you should dispatch at least one instance of the event (which you can do while running your game in the Unity Editor). Remember that events dispatched by your game do not show up in the dashboard for several hours.

In addition to the event name, you can set one or more restrictions on the allowed parameter values. If you do not specify any parameter restrictions, then dispatching the event with any parameter values, or no parameters at all, is enough to satisfy the rule.


  • 2017–08–29 Page published with editorial review

  • 2018–06–04 - Removed Demographics Segments, which are no longer supported.

  • New feature in Unity 2017.1

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