Amazon GameLift, a managed service for deploying, operating, and scaling session-based multiplayer games, reduces the time required to build a multiplayer backend from thousands of hours to just minutes. Available for developers using Amazon Lumberyard, Amazon GameLift is built on AWS’s highly available cloud infrastructure and allows you to quickly scale high-performance game servers up and down to meet player demand – without any additional engineering effort or upfront costs.
Multiplayer games made with Amazon Lumberyard, a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine integrated with AWS and Twitch, are ready to use with Amazon GameLift, lowering the technical risks that often cause developers to cut cloud-based multiplayer features from their designs. Even if you have little to no backend experience, with Amazon GameLift you can run session-based multiplayer games in the cloud.
Amazon GameLift reduces the engineering and operational resources needed to design, deploy, operate, and scale session-based multiplayer game backends, from potentially thousands of hours of work to just minutes. Amazon GameLift helps your game team move faster and devote scarce resources to the parts of the game that matter most to players – great gameplay, social features, and innovative experiences.
Amazon GameLift enables you to easily scale your game from a few players to millions, so you can use it from your first beta test during development to public launch and beyond. Amazon GameLift utilizes Amazon EC2, which provides a truly elastic computing environment. You can provision one, hundreds, or even thousands of server instances simultaneously.
With Amazon GameLift, there are no upfront costs for backend hardware or software. You simply pay the standard AWS fees for Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon EBS storage, and data transfer bandwidth you actually use, plus a small fee per Daily Active User. Amazon GameLift frees you from the costs and complexities of planning, purchasing, and maintaining hardware and transforms what are commonly large upfront fixed costs into much smaller variable costs.
In addition to Amazon GameLift, Amazon offers a growing selection of cross-platform building blocks for game developers. These tools and services help you build on the shoulders of Amazon commerce, AWS, and Twitch to make and deliver experiences that garner vibrant communities of passionate fans.
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