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Meet up with Amazon Game Tech during PAX West

Seattle is the home of Amazon Game Tech HQ, and next week it will also play host to PAX West. To celebrate, we’re going to join the festivities, and even host some of our own!

Meet up with us and members from across the industry to discuss and learn how you can transform your games with cloud technology.


Where: Seattle Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

When:  Tuesday 08/27- Wednesday 08/28

Dedicated to the development community, PAX Dev is all about elevating the art of building great games. We’ve brought together experts from across the industry to share and discuss their experiences with you:

Tech Hacks for Small & Mid-Sized Teams to Do More with Less

When: Wednesday 08/28 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Where: GRAND I

Whether as an incubator at a large company or an independent developer, development teams around the world need to support their people and products by making the best use of technology possible. Hear experts share their tips for using technology to make games faster and more easily, create better player experiences, and support a happier, healthier team.

Panelists include:

Zak Parrish Technical Business Development, Unreal Engine, Epic

Adam Coster CTO, Butterscotch Shenanigans

Rich Uhl CTO, 1Strategy

Joel DeYoung Director of Technology, Hothead Games

Shana Bryant External Lead Producer, Crystal Dynamics

Chris Finch Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Game Tech

Keep Calm and Carry On: Building an Indie Studio that Lasts

Where: Wednesday 08/28 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM


Game development is always challenging, and smaller studios have significantly less room for error. Hear from established indie developers, indie-focused publishers, and indie studio advisors on how to build and lead a smaller studio that lasts.

Panelists include:

Ed Fries Founder, 1Up Ventures

Jason Coleman President and Developer, Sparkypants

Derrick Aynaga Executive Producer, East Side Games

Jen MacLean Head, WW Business Development, Small and Mid-Sized Studios, Amazon Game Tech


When: Wednesday 08/28 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Amazon Oscar Building – 21st floor, 1007 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101

We’ve all heard about how machine learning (ML) is the future, but what does that actually mean for game development? Join members of the Game Tech team for some food, drinks and demos to learn how AWS ML can help transform how games are made and operated. Topics will include player retention, speech recognition, server auto scaling, and more.

Attendance is free, but space is limited. Register now to secure your spot.

Seattle Indies Expo

When: Sunday 09/1

Where: Motif Hotel Seattle – 3rd floor, 1415 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Join us at SIX (Seattle Indies Expo), a free one-day exhibition of the Pacific Northwest’s up and coming indie video games. It’s free to attend, and you can see their line-up of games here!