Last week, Amazon introduced a game engine that allows users to create stunning visuals and 3D single-player video games for absolutely no cost.
The free cross-platform software known as Lumberyard is deeply integrated with Amazon web services — so developers can also create multiplayer games and games that demand more server space.
The software is also set up to work with Twitch, the “world’s leading video platform and community for gamers” that Amazon purchased for $970 million in 2014.
“By starting game projects with Lumberyard, you can spend more of your time creating great gameplay and building communities of fans, and less time on the undifferentiated heavy lifting of building a game engine and managing server infrastructure,”
…according to Amazon.
Check out the video below to learn more about the development of Amazon Lumberyard…
Although Amazon is giving its new software away for free, they’re hoping to make money through users purchasing additional web services, like adding support for multiplayer games or purchasing additional server space.
“And while Amazon stresses that developers don’t have to buy server time from them (it’s not needed for single-player games, for example, or if companies have their own private servers), they’re not allowed to use rival cloud services from companies like Google or Microsoft,”
…according to The Verge.
Learn more or download Amazon Lumberyard here.