AWS for Games: Game Developers Bring Their Focus to the Cloud

Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently released their findings from an annual professional video game developer survey on their AWS for Games blog. They found that 75% of developers they surveyed saw the cloud as a vital piece of their success in 2023. This response is great for game developers on AWS as AWS for Games added eight new services and solutions for developers at this year’s re:Invent.

AWS for Games is an initiative from AWS and AWS Partners that features services and solutions built specifically for games customers. It launched earlier this year in March 2022 at Game Developers (GDC) in San Francisco. We announced support for the initiative to accelerate cloud-native game development utilizing our custom virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution, Studio in the Cloud.

The eight new and enhanced new solutions announced span across three categories: Build, Run, and Grow. Build focuses on cloud game development. AWS found that 55% of developers support permanent remote work as an important factor for 2023. The solutions featured for this category surround building pipelines, version control, and workstations. AWS for Games highlighted our Studio in the Cloud with Unreal Engine 5 – Game Development Demo as a new workstation partner solution which allows developers to assemble their teams and create immersive games using Unreal Engine 5—all within the cloud.  This offering is a simplified, lighter version of the customized Studio in the Cloud solution and is available for free on the AWS Marketplace.

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The Run category prioritizes game servers and infrastructure, a moving target of scalability in the gaming world. “Studios only get one shot at launching a game, which makes it particularly challenging to manage. Game servers need to scale with unpredictable and fluctuating player demand.” To resolve these challenges, AWS introduced two new features to Amazon Gamelift: AWS Local Zones support to increase low-latency coverage and Gamelift Anywhere to help developers build hybrid deployments to manage spikes in demand.

Lastly, the Grow category concentrated on LiveOps, game analytics, and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML). The new AWS for Games solutions included Amazon GameSparks to help developers scale the backend of their games, Centralized Game Analytics to help studios make faster, informed decisions, and Guardian to support safeguarding player communities.

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