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[link] Amazon launches free game engine: Lumberyard

Posted 09 February 2016 - 12:36 PM

http://gamasutra.com..._Lumberyard.php
http://aws.amazon.com/lumberyard
https://aws.amazon.c...ion/lumberyard/
https://gamedev.amaz...orums/tutorials
http://aws.amazon.co...yard/downloads/

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Today Amazon has both announced and released a new, free game engine, Lumberyard, which offers deep integration with its Amazon Web Services server infrastructure to empower online play, and also with Twitch, its video game-focused streaming service.

The engine, including its full source code, is completely free to download and use to make PC and console games. Amazon will not charge any kind of royalty or subscription fee.
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signed official tools deals with Microsoft and Sony, so you can immediately build games for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with it). Mobile support is coming down the road.

Monetization for Lumberyard will come strictly through the use of Amazon Web Services' cloud computing. If you use the engine for your game, you're permitted to roll your own server tech, but if you're using a third-party provider, it has to be Amazon.
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Integration of Amazon's Twitch video streaming tools at a low level
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Alongside Lumberyard, the company has also announced and released GameLift, a new managed service for deploying, operating, and scaling server-based online games using AWS. GameLift will be available only to developers who use Lumberyard, though it's an optional add-on. GameLift will cost $1.50 per 1,000 daily active users; AWS services will be charged at the normal rates.
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Lumberyard's core engine technology is based on Crytek's CryEngine. Amazon licensed the German studio's engine and got "full, unencumbered access to the technology" to build upon,
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At public beta launch, Lumberyard already has components that are not based on CryEngine. Aside from adding the AWS SDK to the engine -- allowing for native C++ access to its services -- Amazon has also brought in new low-latency networking code based on what Double Helix, the Southern California studio it acquired in 2014, developed for Xbox One fighting game Killer Instinct.
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The company is hoping that Lumberyard will appeal to developers who make games that thrive on broadcasting, online and eSports scenes, and user-generated content. The engine is "mod-friendly," meaning that developers can package up Lumberyard's level and item creation tools as a "subset tool chain" and distribute them with their game for players to use.
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Interesting.. so if you make a single player game - that doesn't need cloud access - this is all free and clear. Hmm. Nifty gambit.. though the twitch build in and what-not seems like a strange angle.

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Re: [link] Amazon launches free game engine: Lumberyard

Posted 09 February 2016 - 01:12 PM

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deep integration with its Amazon Web Services server infrastructure to empower online play,


Hm. Do we suppose this is because people have started to figure out that AWS is vastly overpriced, and Amazon is trying to hang onto their lead, or is it because Amazon has realized that their management console and all of their different offerings are too complex to simplify, and they're trying to make an end run around their own tooling?
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Re: [link] Amazon launches free game engine: Lumberyard

Posted 09 February 2016 - 01:31 PM

It's about empowerment.. like beer or fireball shots.

.. but yeah, this is definitely a grab to try and shore up their AWS services line.
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