Amazon buys UK cloud development platform GameSparks

Deal said to be worth "tens of millions of pounds"

Date Type Companies involved Size
July 10th, 2017 acquisition Amazon
Not disclosed
Amazon buys UK cloud development platform GameSparks

Amazon has further expanded its operations in the game industry with the acquisition of UK-based backend-as-a-service provider GameSparks.

The company provides developers with a cloud-based development platform to build servers. It has worked with 10,000 developers including Ubisoft, Square Enix and Hutch Games across platforms, including mobile.

As reported by The Telegraph, the sale is said to be worth “tens of millions of pounds”. No official figure has been released.

Expanding game services portfolio

Amazon has been making a number of moves in the game sector in recent years. It acquired the rights to the Crytek game engine in 2015 and subsequently released its own toolset Lumberyard in February 2016.

It’s also acquired games broadcasting service Twitch as well as Killer Instinct developer Double Helix.

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Craig Chapple is a freelance analyst, consultant and writer with specialist knowledge of the games industry. He has previously served as Senior Editor at, as well as holding roles at Sensor Tower, Nintendo and Develop.