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Amazon Launches Lumberyard Game Engine and Amazon GameLift

Category: Gaming
Posted: 09:50AM
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Back in August 2014, Amazon surprised a great many by purchasing Twitch for almost $1 billion. The company's latest move is perhaps less surprising though as it has launched its own game engine, Lumberyard. This engine is based on technologies from CryEngine, Double Helix Games, which was also purchased by Amazon in 2014, and AWS, or Amazon Web Services. The engine is completely free to use, including its source code, and comes with Twitch integration. The only thing Amazon will charge a developer for is its uses of AWS.

Also announced today is Amazon GameLift for Lumberyard games. It is a service for deploying, operating, and scaling multiplayer game sessions, which will hopefully cut the time it takes developers to build the multiplayer backend needed for many of today's games. With it game servers can be deployed across the AWS Cloud and the capacity can be scaled up and down as needed, thanks to real-time reporting of server capacity and player demand. It is currently available in AWS US East and US West regions and costs $1.50 per 1000 Daily Active Users on top of the standard AWS fees.

Source: Amazon



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