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Game Developer’s Guide to Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) Part Three: Operation Best Practices

Introduction  To continue our discussion about Amazon DocumentDB best practices in part two, we are going to focus on data protection, scaling, monitoring, and cost optimization in this blog. Protecting data  To protect your data stored in Amazon DocumentDB, you should encrypt it by enabling the storage encryption option during cluster creation. Encryption is enabled […]

How Milestone turbocharged the ‘Hot Wheels Unleashed’ franchise with Amazon GameLift

When game developer and publisher Milestone released a third-person racing game based on Mattel’s Hot Wheels toy line, “Hot Wheels Unleashed,” in September 2021, it quickly gained a dedicated following. The game sold more than one million copies in less than three months, making it Milestone’s fastest-selling title ever. By April 2023, Milestone had sold […]

Norsfell builds ‘Tribes of Midgard’ Viking empire with Amazon GameLift

Independent game development studio, Norsfell, was founded in 2013 to forge new genres that bring people together. Now approaching its 10th anniversary, Norsfell has grown from a small startup developing mobile games into a studio with nearly 40 team members who helped launch the award-winning multi-platform game, “Tribes of Midgard.” Globally released on July 27, […]

Ryu Games builds Web3 video game marketplace on AWS

Today, more players are accessing the latest video game releases online as digital downloads, instead of heading into a brick-and-mortar store. This shift has reduced steps between game developers and end users, enabling players to access the latest titles and downloadable game updates from the comfort of their homes. Now, Ryu Games is taking the […]

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Game Server Observability with Amazon GameLift and Amazon CloudWatch

When you’re running game servers to host session-based games for your players globally, it’s important to have as much visibility as possible on what’s happening within those game server processes. This includes collecting metrics and logs in realtime, and capabilities to get insights on this data to investigate issues and find opportunities for performance improvement. […]

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How to build online multiplayer games using Amazon GameLift, AWS Serverless, and C++

Online multiplayer games have a long list of requirements to provide the best possible experience for players: game clients need identities that can securely access the game backend, backend services are required to host functionalities like matchmaking and player data, and you need a scalable way to host game sessions. In this post you’ll learn […]

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Building Our Game on AWS – Lessons Learned by Leaftail Labs

Guest post authored by Eli Tayrien, CTO and Co-founder, Leaftail Labs. Leaftail Labs was formed in 2017 by a pair of game industry veterans who saw exciting possibilities in mobile AR gaming. Our first game, Nibblity, recently launched worldwide, and we are excited to continue to deliver more excited content for you and your Nibblins […]

Taking Apocalypse Studio to the cloud via AWS

In this guest post, we hear from Apocalypse Studio founder Denis Dyack. Denis has a long history in game development, working on titles including Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, Metal Gear: Solid Twin Snakes, and Too Human. Denis also has a background in Computer Science, earning a Masters. Sc. in Artificial […]

Implement an analytics pipeline for games

Written by: Gena Gizzi, Greg Cheng, and Dominic Mills Games are generating more data than ever. So, it’s important to have access to the right data at the right time as you develop your games. This enables you to answer questions about how your games are performing and determine what changes you want to make […]

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How ArenaNet moved Guild Wars to the cloud: An MMORPG migration story

ArenaNet is the wholly owned subsidiary of Korean online game publisher NCSOFT that developed the critically acclaimed series of games in the Guild Wars franchise. Guild Wars (released 2005) and the successor Guild Wars 2 (released 2012) both focus on player skill and horizontal player progression where players mix skills into novel builds in cooperation […]