Amazon has unveiled a new cross-platform gaming service that lets developers integrate competitions into their titles.
Called GameOn, the service is built on the company’s AWS cloud infrastructure and works across mobile, PC and console.
Through a set of APIs, developers and their users can create in-game tournaments where they can compete for in-game or real-world prizes. The latter rewards are delivered by Amazon’s own marketplace and delivery service, though this is only currently available in the US.
Through GameOn developers can implement leaderboards, leagues and multi-round competitions - including local and regional contests.
Developers can also allow streamers and players to create their own competitions and invite other players.
GameOn is currently being used by developers and publishers such as nWay, Game Insight, Eden Games and Mindstorm.
The platform APIs are free for developers to use until May 2018. After this date, developers will get the first 35,000 players per month free for a limited time, and will then be charged $0.003 per play.