Amazon announces Web Services and Twitch-integrated Lumberyard game engine

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Amazon announces Web Services and Twitch-integrated Lumberyard game engine

In a surprise move, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced its game engine Lumberyard.

Labelled as a "blend of new and proven technologies from CryEngine, the Amazon-owned Double Helix, and AWS", Lumberyard is initially available for PC and console development, with mobile and VR support to follow in a couple of months.

However, what's most significant about the move is the integration of backend services and support for the Amazon-owned Twitch streaming platform.

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The backend piece comes in the shape of Amazon Gamelift.

This is a highly scalable server platform for session-based multiplayer games.

The Twitch integration include Twitch ChatPlay, which enables you to build games that respond to keywords in a Twitch chat stream, and TwitchJoin, which allows a broadcaster to invite a member of the audience into to the game from within the chat channel.

Amazon Lumberyard is currently in beta, and will be free, including source code, although Amazon Gamelift has a per-player fee of $1.50 per 1,000 DAUs. Of course, the usual AWS fees otherwise apply.

You can find out more on the Lumberyard website.

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