GDC 2019: Attendee Experience

GDC 2019 may be over but the Amazon Game Tech booth experience lives on. Check out additional resources to help you dive deep into AWS, Twitch, Alexa and more.

Amazon Game Tech at GDC 2019 - DAY 2 Daily Recap

1. Start building your game with Lumberyard

No matter how familiar you are with Lumberyard, this orientation has something for all content creators. Get familiar with key tools and UI, learn how to use layers to enhance multi-dev collaboration. Lastly, see how to take advantage of Slices to help quickly iterate on a level no matter how large.

2. Full game studio development without the hardware

In game development, you need powerful hardware, IT support, and a secure environment to build your game. But in many cases, you just need to be able to get remote branches or teams up and running as fast as possible. Come see how the team at ThinkBox can virtualize your environment for development anywhere, at any time, without having to worry about support staff or hardware.

3. Deploy and test on mobile in minutes

Quality assurance & testing for mobile games can be difficult due to the many different hardware options available in the ever-changing mobile landscape. Deploying and getting feedback from all of that hardware can be just as time consuming and overwhelming. Learn how you can automate this into your QA process using AWS Device Farm in the cloud.

4. Building engaging voice games on Alexa

When it comes to building an audio only game, there is a fundamental change in how customers interact with the world. With nothing more than your voice and ears, you can have more control than with most devices available today. Watch the Alexa team walk through the steps to building an engaging voice game on Alexa.

5. Character animation made easy with EMotion FX

Animating characters can be a tedious process. Combining multiple actions like running, looking around, and shooting only make things more complicated. See how using EMotion FX can help speed up your production and blending of complex animations in games.

6. Create a game in under 10 minutes with visual scripting

Traditionally, when developing games, you need to write code—and lots of it. Let us show you how you can build a complete game without needing to know any of common game coding languages like C++ or c#. See how you can rapidly prototype logic, action, and interfaces by dragging and connecting logic with our Visual Scripting Editor.

7. Generate terrain 40x faster with cloud compute

Games today are getting much larger in order to allow players to explore and play in open worlds. The amount of processing it takes to create one of these massive worlds can require days to build. Find out how you can employ a compute fleet to build and iterate on massive worlds in hours instead of days.

8. Building immersive games with dynamic vegetation

Nature is fantastic at creating vast amounts of a variety of vegetation, but the tools that game designers have access to are not. To create an immersive experience for your players, you need to deploy all of the tools available to you and invest considerable time to make your worlds come alive. See how the Dynamic Vegetation tools in Lumberyard can help you produce the lushest, most vibrant, and realistic worlds with ease.

9. Alexa, let's play

Many people have experienced the many uses of Alexa. From games, to music, to reminders and even TV controls, Alexa is all about enriching our daily experience. Come learn about some of the newest ideas and technologies like dynamic content and board games with Alexa.

10. Alexa, what's my rank?

Alexa isn’t just a device that stands on its own; it can also be used as another interface for video games. From providing informational experiences to extending the capabilities of gameplay, learn how to use this new technology to enhance the engagement of your players in your game. Watch as the Alexa team shows you how to build a skill that can interface into your title to do things that were never thought possible before.

11. Quickly build custom asynchronous multiplayer games

Many multiplayer games do not need the overhead of a dedicated server to play. These titles have the advantage of growing faster, but to scale, you still need to build the network stack to support a rapidly growing player base. Watch as the GameSparks team shows you how to implement custom asynchronous multiplayer games with little effort for your community.

12. Boosting engagement with physical and digital rewards

Games have had a range of virtual prizes and purchasable in-game items, but what about the real world goods? Find out with the Amazon Moments team as they dive into real world prizing and goods as they go directly from your game to your players’ doorstep. Understand how you can provide any goods from and Amazon Merch to your players to incentivize them to play on.

13. Cross-platform tournaments that keep players coming back

Gamers strive to stand at the top of the leaderboards when it comes to games. The problem for developers is that building and integrating a tournament or leaderboard solution can be painful. Learn as our team shows you how to integrate cross-platform tournaments into your game with Amazon GameOn.

14. Connecting players worldwide with low latency

When your players are enjoying your game, latency is the last thing you want them worrying about. And when it comes to matchmaking people from great distances, you want to ensure the matches are equal and fair. Learn how Global Accelerator can even the playfield around the planet by using Amazon’s fully managed network to carry your gamer’s traffic at super low ping times.

15. Grow your game with Twitch

Millions of players, millions of users, millions of video streams: your game could be at the center of it all. From influencers to player acquisition, Twitch is the vehicle to help grow your game’s community. Watch as the Twitch team shows how to not only integrate Twitch into your game’s live streams, but how to build extensions for interaction, analytics, and growth for your title.

16. Reach customers and make money with Alexa

Alexa is the phenomenon that has swept the world with over 100 million devices in the wild. This new platform has become the next generation of intelligent technology interfaces for all types of needs, including games. Learn from the Alexa team how you can not only get the most exposure to your skill, but to reach potential customers and make money with Alexa.

17. Identifying abnormal player behavior with machine learning

When you have a massive number of players, it can be hard to determine which ones are playing your game and which ones are gaming it. With the sheer volume of data to analyze, it can be incredibly difficult to determine the good from the bad. See how using Amazon SageMaker can help process all that data and identify abnormal behavior with machine learning.

18. Boosting your game’s lifetime value with Live Ops

As your players engage with your game, you are always looking for ways to improve your engagement, retention, and profits for your title. Understanding that value can be a difficult task, especially with the analytics and infrastructure needed to support a live game. Learn from the GameSparks team how you can skip all of the hassle and quickly implement GameSparks to allow you to make better decisions from your LiveOps data.

19. Building a robust analytics pipeline with a small team

To keep games growing you have to listen to your community and make the changes that will give them the best experience. But to figure out which changes will have the biggest impact, you need the data and analytics to determine where to focus. Watch as the AWS team shows you how to build a robust analytics pipeline that you can use to make the most informed decisions for your own success.

20. Using machine learning in near real time to retain players

Using machine learning you will be able to understand your players and help optimize the gameplay experience. We will explore your customers’ habits in games to determine what they like and dislike. Most importantly, you will have a complete view of what changes may have the most impact for your community.

21. Creating realtime game servers in minutes

Creating servers for games can be challenging, time-consuming, and expensive, especially when you have to scale to tons of players around the world. See an exclusive demo of Amazon GameLift's newest feature, Realtime Servers, currently in preview.

22. Predictable gaming capacity with Spot Block instances

The number of servers you run to support your game can be a blessing and a burden all at the same time. If you over provision, it winds up costing you a lot more money, and if you do not provision enough, you will have unhappy players unable to play your game. Learn from the AWS team how you can implement spot blocks for server instances to cover those large spikes for a fraction of the cost of full time operating servers.

23. Autoscaling game servers with Machine Learning

Although scaling your game’s servers can be done with rules, they need to be maintained for the best results and without disrupting the player experience. Find out how machine learning can analyze and adapt your server allocation in response to the ever changing trends produced by your users.


24. Quickly build and optimize custom matchmaking solutions

When you have a multiplayer game, it can be hard for your players to find the right people to play with at the right time and with the right skillset. Matchmaking may seem like an easy thing to do, but when you have a thriving global community, scale is king, and that can be difficult. Come see the Amazon GameLift team as they show you how to tackle player matchmaking and allocate the servers to support them.

25. Deploy your game content to millions around the world*

Downloading is becoming the preferred way for customers to get their games in today’s market. This means you need the ability to distribute content that players want to play when they want to play it. Learn how you can deploy your content at any scale to millions of users around the globe with the fastest and most reliable transfer speeds, so your customers can play right away.
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26. Scale your database for any game

Databases can handle a tremendous amount of data to support your game’s players. But when your game goes viral and the globe is wanting to play, you will need to scale quickly. Watch how you can rely on Amazon Aurora to automatically scale the demand without you having to re-architect or change any of your code.

27. Choosing the right database for your game

When players begin playing your game, you have to store game information about them. Things like inventory, location, and character stats are the bare minimums for players returning to continue their adventure. Learn how to select the right database for the many different tasks needed for today's games and how to implement them the correct way.

28. Protecting your games with DDoS resilient architecture

When games become popular with players, they also become popular with hackers. And when hackers want to disrupt your community, they often attack your network. See how Amazon can help you protect both your servers and players with DDoS resilient architecture to ensure your customers have a high quality experience.

29. Get rolling with machine learning, literally

AWS DeepRacer is the fastest way to get rolling with machine learning, literally. Come see this fully autonomous 1/18th scale race car driven by reinforcement learning, an advanced machine learning technique which takes a very different approach to training models than other machine learning methods.

31. Customer Spotlight: Carbonated

Carbonated Games share their experience on how small teams can use Amazon Game Tech solutions to build ambitious projects and compete with games typically delivered by much larger studios.

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