Amazon Lumberyard still shot. Photo by: Amazon GamDev / YouTube
Amazon Lumberyard still shot. Photo by: Amazon GamDev / YouTube

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Written by: Matthew McGuire

Amazon announced today a new service called Amazon Lumberyard.

The new game engine provides the necessary tools to create the highest-quality games, build cloud-connected gameplay features, and build communities of fans on Twitch; beta available for free download today.

Amazon is also releasing Amazon GameLift, a feature with AWS to provide developers a way to scale their session-based multiplayer games to support millions of players with AWS’s highly available cloud infrastructure.

Amazon GameLift is a way to expand the projects and scale them after building the virtual environment with Maya and exporting it to Amazon Lumberyard.

In a press release by Amazon on, the company states how the new service will aid developers.

“Amazon has been a great partner and we are deeply excited about both Amazon Lumberyard and Amazon GameLift,” said Josh Atkins, Vice President of Creative Development, 2K Games. “The integration of a fantastic game engine with amazing cloud services presents a wonderful opportunity for both independent developers and established publishers.”

“Developing and maintaining a back-end infrastructure for multiplayer games requires a lot of time, resources, and expertise that are beyond the reach of many developers,” said Chris Jones, Chief Technology Officer, Obsidian Entertainment. “Amazon GameLift removes much of that burden from the developer, allowing them to focus their energy on bringing their great game ideas to life.”

After spending an entire semester in college trying to figure out how to export a file/character from Maya, the Amazon GameDev provides a free tutorial below. In 2014, there was no tutorials online, developers had to spend countless hours of testing material, and time breaking down the process of elimination.

The reason I bring this up, is to show the valuable information that Amazon is offering for free to game developers. As I write more Web articles, I find that my skill in life is to help educate other people to new modes of production across different industries.

In addition to information, the new service is offering an AAA game engine. This complex infrastructure provides developers options and the ability to produce rich and fulfilling 3D environments. Find out more on Amazon Lumberyard with Amazon GameDev on YouTube.

Introducing Amazon Lumberyard

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  • Create the highest-quality games–Amazon Lumberyard helps developers build rich, engaging, world-class games–from a full-featured editor, to native code performance and stunning visuals, and hundreds of other features like performant networking, cloth physics, character and animation editors, particle editor, UI editor, audio tools, weather effects, vehicle systems, flocking AI, perception handling, camera frameworks, path finding, and more. Developers also have full access to Amazon Lumberyard source code, making it easy to customize the technology to create differentiated gameplay.
  • Build live, online features in minutes–Live, online games enjoy higher engagement and retention than offline games. Amazon Lumberyard’s visual scripting tool, with its drag-and-drop graphical user interface, makes it easy to build connected game features that access AWS services, such as DynamoDB, Lambda, and S3. In minutes, game designers can create features such as granting a daily gift or sending in-game notifications without having to write a single line of code. Amazon Lumberyard also comes integrated with AWS’s C++ SDK to provide developers access to dozens of AWS services through native C++ code, the most common language used to make games.
  • Reach and engage fans on Twitch–Amazon Lumberyard is integrated with Twitch so that developers can build gameplay features that engage the more than 1.7 million monthly broadcasters, and more than 100 million monthly viewers on Twitch. With Amazon Lumberyard’s Twitch ChatPlay, developers can use a drag-and-drop visual scripting interface to create gameplay features that let Twitch viewers use chat to directly impact the game they are watching in real-time. For example, with Twitch ChatPlay within Amazon Lumberyard, a developer could build a game that lets viewers on Twitch control a character or vote on game outcomes using chat commands like “up,” “down,” “live,” or “die.” And, the Twitch JoinIn feature within Amazon Lumberyard helps developers build games that allow Twitch broadcasters to instantly invite their live audiences to join them side-by-side in the game, with a single click, while others continue to watch.

*Data provided by Amazon.

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