This Guidance demonstrates how to deploy a custom, lightweight, and scalable cross-platform game identity component, along with steps on how to use the identities to authenticate against custom game backend components on AWS. This Guidance supports guest identities and various game platform identity systems. It can also be extended for any additional game platforms, such as game consoles, by using the existing integrations as templates.

In addition, this Guidance provides software development kits (SDKs) and sample code for Unreal Engine 5, Unity 2021 (and up), and Godot 4 game engines. The SDKs integrate with the identity component of this Guidance and your custom backend features. 

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Architecture Diagram

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Well-Architected Pillars

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

The architecture diagram above is an example of a Solution created with Well-Architected best practices in mind. To be fully Well-Architected, you should follow as many Well-Architected best practices as possible.

  • The custom identity component in this Guidance utilizes AWS X-Ray that traces user requests, and leverages Lambda Powertools to provide detailed information from within the backend logic. In addition, all components of this Guidance use Amazon CloudWatch to track logs of virtual private cloud (VPC) flows, API Gateway access, Amazon S3 access, Lambda completions, and AWS Fargate tasks. Finally, AWS CDK allows for controlled changes and consistent configuration across environments, helping you to meet your security and compliance needs.

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  • To support robust identity management, the custom identity component of this Guidance manages player identities and authentication. All other features of this Guidance secure access by validating JSON Web Tokens against public keys provided by the identity component. The custom identity component is protected by AWS WAF, a web application firewall that protects applications against common web exploits. Also, all data is encrypted at rest, as well as in transit. 

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  • This Guidance mainly leverages fully managed services that are highly available by default across multiple Availability Zones (AZ) within an AWS Region. For Fargate, a multi-AZ configuration is utilized for high availability and all database tables in DynamoDB are protected with point-in-time recovery.

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  • This Guidance combines a number of different approaches to allow for various features to improve performance. First, the services selected for this Guidance are designed to perform at scale for game launches and other spikes in traffic by leveraging the automatically scaling components of serverless services. Next, the X-Ray data provided from the custom identity component allows developers to find congestion and calibrate the Guidance to their needs to optimize performance. Finally, the public keys that validate the JSON Web Tokens are provided through CloudFront to optimize latency for backend components.  

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  • This Guidance leverages serverless components when possible, allowing you to pay only for the exact resources you use. To further help with cost, consider AWS Savings Plans that can be utilized to optimize the cost for both Lambda and Fargate. Also, moving from on-demand DynamoDB tables to auto-scaling provisioned capacity allows you to use DynamoDB reserved capacity to reduce costs when the baseline traffic is known.

    All services utilized in this Guidance are configured to scale based on demand, including API Gateway, Lambda, DynamoDB, Amazon S3, Fargate, Secrets Manager, and AWS WAF, ensuring that only the minimum resources are required. 

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  • The components of serverless services in this Guidance scale automatically, allowing the components to scale while continually matching the load with only the minimum resources needed. This reduces the environmental impact of the infrastructure by avoiding provisioning unused capacity.

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Implementation Resources

The sample code is a starting point. It is industry validated, prescriptive but not definitive, and a peek under the hood to help you begin.

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