Game Production in the Cloud

As game developers face challenges working from home, you need the tools to build games from anywhere in the world.

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Create flexible, remote studios

Deploy virtual workstations

Create virtual workstations that are secure, durable, and, best of all, highly scalable —allowing artists and editors to work on multiple large files.

Build a distributed development pipeline

Reduce the security risk of distributed hardware with a cloud build pipeline that allows you to test new technology, such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Mac instances for iOS and macOS games.

Onboard remote talent easily

Empower your team to work from anywhere in the world remotely and get them up to speed quickly with the best cloud technology available.

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“The Render Farm Deployment Kit on AWS (or RFDK) allowed us to turn our vision into a reality and move our on-premises render operations to the cloud. RFDK is a customizable blueprint for a cloud render farm incorporating modern cloud practices, including infrastructure as code, auto healing, and spot instances. This enabled us to architect and deploy a viable cloud render farm in AWS, which we used to relieve our on-premises render farm of its heaviest workloads and increase our render throughput.”
—Andy Taylor, Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, Sony Interactive Entertainment
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    Remote graphical workstations

    Give designers the flexibility to create anywhere, at any time—offering the flexibility to work some or all workdays from home.

    Built on the reliable and secure AWS infrastructure that protects IP, designers can create virtual workstations for artists and editors, build storage workloads comprised of petabytes of data for both hybrid and full cloud pipelines, and reduce overhead and capital expenditure costs over time. AWS provides the infrastructure and integrated partnerships (like Autodesk, Unreal, Unity, Perforce, and more) that enable studios to create the next big hit—no matter the team size or location.

    Remote workstations

    Virtual workstations on AWS enable studios to take on bigger projects, work from anywhere, and pay only for what they need. Running on Amazon EC2 G4 instances, virtual workstations employ the power of NVIDIA Quadro technology, the visual computing platform trusted by creative and technical professionals.

    Graphical instance types

    Amazon EC2 G4 instances deliver high-performance GPUs for deploying graphics-intensive applications. G4 instances are powered by the latest generation of NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs – with Quadro Virtual Workstation software at no additional cost, up to 100 Gbps of networking throughput, and up to 1.8 TB of local NVMe storage. NVIDIA T4 GPUs include RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing and new Tensor Cores for AI inference, making real-time ray tracing possible.

    Through our partnership with AMD, AWS offers additional EC2 instances that add to the broadest and deepest portfolio of instances and enables you to optimize both cost and performance for your workload needs. EC2 instances featuring AMD EPYC processors provide additional choices to help you optimize both cost and performance for your workloads. Available now in the EC2 compute optimized (C5a), general purpose (M5a), general purpose burstable (T3a), and memory optimized (R5a) instance families.

    Streaming protocols

    Sophisticated streaming protocols such as Teradici PCoIP, NICE DCV, and Remote Desktop are a key component in making virtual workstations possible. By streaming pixels and not data, artists are able to work securely and efficiently.

    Learn more in the deployment guide »

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    Mac OS Development and Testing

    Seamlessly provision and access macOS compute environments.

    Benefit from faster game builds and convenient, distributed testing, without needing to procure, configure, operate, maintain, and upgrade fleets of physical computers. You can also consolidate development of cross-platform iOS, Windows, and Android apps onto AWS. Unlock the ability to move your game development pipelines from on-premises to AWS, enabling you to:

    Quickly build, test, and sign

    Provision and target macOS environments using Xcode in the cloud, along with popular game engines such as Unity, to build, smoke test, sign, and publish iOS mobile games to the App Store within minutes. Adjust provisioned capacity as needed, while only paying for the systems that are in use.

    Create cross-platform build pipelines

    Increase productivity and accelerate time to market by having all of your target builds in one place. Build across console, PC, and mobile in the cloud with Windows and Mac, then easily deploy your games globally at scale.

    Extend your toolkits

    Reduce costs and durable object storage with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), scale block storage with Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), enable high storage bandwidth with AWS Nitro System, and monitor your games with Amazon CloudWatch.

    Learn more on the blog »

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    Cloud rendering

    Control how quickly you want to complete your project with the flexiblity of rendering on AWS.

    Rendering on AWS provides you with the flexibility to control how quickly you want to complete your project. Once your rendering pipeline is integrated with AWS, you can scale rendering workloads to thousands, or even tens of thousands, of cores in minutes. You can also scale down just as quickly as you scale up, providing incredible compute elasticity and cost control. For example, if you have 1,000 frames to render, the cost of rendering on 1 EC2 Spot instance for 1,000 hours or 1,000 Spot Instances for 1 hour is approximately the same.

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Not sure where to start?

Get started using Game Production in the Cloud with these helpful steps.

STEP 1

Webinar

Introduction to Game Production in the Cloud

Studios are increasing their agility, accelerating production, and improving their team's work/life balance across the globe with game production in the cloud. In this tech talk, learn how to create amazing content from anywhere - all with AWS. 

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STEP 2

Deployment Guide

Visual Effects Workstations on AWS

This Quick Start deploys a highly available environment for Microsoft Windows-based, visual effects (VFX) workstations on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

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STEP 3

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Building Perforce Helix Core on AWS - Part 1

Part 1 of this blog series explains the benefits of building Perforce servers on AWS and how to build the environment.

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STEP 4

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Centralize your Game Production Assets on AWS With Perforce Helix Core - Part 2

Part 2 of this blog series details two ways you can get started with Perforce on AWS today.

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Featured Customer Story

Quantic Dream expands its talent pool and staff productivity with remote workstations on AWS.

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Meet studios that depend on AWS for game production in the cloud

Apocalypse Studio
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Apocalypse Studio uses AWS to transfer large game assets between colleagues, allowing its team to work effectively from home.

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Untold Studios
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Untold Studios is doing something different. They are the very first creative studio completely born in the cloud.

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SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT
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Sony Interactive Entertainment is modernizing its existing infrastructure to remotely render visual images and effects using AWS.

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Partner Solutions

See more solutions in the AWS Partner Network or the AWS Marketplace  >

TERADICI

Industry leading desktop streaming solution that supports existing deployments and can also build new environments.

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PARSEC

Allows teams to run Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) virtual machines and connect easily to them.

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PERFORCE

Industry leading version control solution that can take full advantage of AWS infrastructure.

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INCREDIBUILD

Distributed processing technology that lets studios reduce compiling time by expanding compute power to AWS. 

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NVIDIA

Amazon EC2 instances powered by NVIDIA GPUs deliver the scalable performance needed for fast ML training, cost-effective ML inference, flexible remote virtual workstations, and powerful HPC computations.

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AMD

Through our partnership with AMD, AWS offers additional EC2 instances that add to the broadest and deepest portfolio of instances and enables you to optimize both cost and performance for your workload needs.

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See related technical guides, webinars, white papers and much more.

Reference Architecture
Content Creation Workstation

Learn about the different compute solutions AWS Game Tech offers on an infrastructure that provides the most scalable network for games.

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Reference Architecture
Deploying Unreal Engine Pixel Streaming Server on EC2

Using AWS and Unreal Engine 4’s Pixel Streaming solution, developers can create content with Unreal Engine and deploy on AWS so users can engage with the content from any modern Web browser. 

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Unveiling EC2 Mac Instances on AWS for Game Developers

Amazon EC2 Mac instances help developers create entire cross-platform game development build farms in the cloud that previously were a mix of on-premises and the cloud.

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New to AWS Game Tech?

Choose from a range of game developer courses, explore our ramp-up guide, or build your skills with a hands-on lab. 

Ready to start building your game in the cloud?

Whether you’re a team of one or one thousand, we’d love to learn more about your game development needs.