AWS Game Tech Blog

Tag: game development

The new Amazon GameSparks is coming

As was mentioned in our AWS GDC keynote, I’m excited to pre-announce a new service, Amazon GameSparks. Amazon GameSparks is a managed service providing backend feature tools for building, running, and scaling games. Amazon GameSparks will enable developers to spend less time thinking about backend services, and instead focus their time on delivering the best […]

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Join AWS Game Tech at GDC 2021

GDC is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event, bringing the community together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and shape the future of the industry across five days of education, inspiration, and networking. And while GDC routinely fills San Francisco with thousands of game developers, this year we’re excited to bring the show […]

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Built for Builders: The Story of AWS and Open 3D Engine – Developer Preview

We hear from game and simulation developers that they want more choices that allow for collaboration, customization, and creative control in their production pipelines. Building 3D tooling from scratch can be cost prohibitive, take years to develop, and require significant resources to maintain. These developers end up choosing either to spend critical dollars reinventing the […]

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How Tafi is Democratizing Avatar and Character Solutions

This guest post is authored by Jesse Janzer, Director of Technology for Tafi, a leading provider of 3D avatar and character solutions. Tafi has over a decade of experience bringing digital avatar content to life. In addition, as the owner of Daz 3D, Tafi operates a digital marketplace with a global community of creators and […]

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Behind Great Games: AWS is How Game Tech Edition 2

Over the past year, many of us have felt compelled to escape into a game, even if only for a few hours. Technology has been our salvation and our solace. When we’ve been forced to stay apart, tech has helped us to feel connected, whether by racing strangers through virtual cities or teaming up to […]

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Hyper-scale online games with a hybrid AWS Solution

Online multiplayer games, such as multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBA), are becoming increasingly popular. One option for game server hosting is to use on-premises data centers, which require multi-year contracts for a set number of resources. As the number of players for a given game grows, developers have to determine what to do if they […]

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Offer employees flexible work arrangements while maintaining a secure game pipeline

In recent years, games were mostly built behind key-carded doors. While other tech industries adopted remote work to allow for distributed production, most game studios required employees to work in the office. But distributed production of games is not entirely new. From artists to programmers to producers, in most aspects of game production, there’s some […]

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Lumberyard Math Libraries: Accuracy Improvements

Authored by David Greer, Senior Engineer on Amazon Lumberyard Several fundamental mathematical functions in our existing library were calculated using approximations with rather poor accuracy. This post describes how we were able to dramatically improve accuracy without compromising performance. Reciprocal Square Root The first function we turned our attention to was reciprocal square root. This […]

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Building a Smarter Foundation: Math Improvements in Lumberyard

Authored by Karl Berg, Principal Engineer on Amazon Lumberyard Nothing pushes the computational power of modern computers quite like real-time 3D games. From the vector algebra used to transform 3D scenes to 2D screen space, to the visibility queries used for rendering and AI, to the deformation of surfaces around bones for characters, to the […]

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