With the acquisition of Twitch, Amazon continues to tap into the lucrative world of gaming. Their latest venture, “GameOn” is a service that will help game developers integrate competitions natively into their games. The best part is, this program allows players to compete for the chance to win real-world prizes fulfilled by Amazon or other in-game goodies.
Amazon/s “GameOn” is great for game developers. It’s an API (application programming interface) that was built on Amazon’s massive cloud structure. The service will allow developers to seamlessly integrate competitions natively into their games on any console, PC, or mobile platform. From here, companies will be able to create flexible competitions with “leaderboards, leagues, and multi-round tournaments.” The service will also include user-generated competitions, allowing players to create and manage their own, an easy way to keep competitions fun and fair, and the ability to advertise and engage in events with competitions.
The services ability to deliver awards will come directly from Amazon, and developers will have control of what in-game items and real-world items are held as prizes, and they will have control over the prize type, quantity, and value. Real world prizes can come from anything sold or fulfilled by Amazon.com. Physical prizes as of now, are restricted to the U.S. at launch.
So far the service is going to be used in competitions for Beach Buggy Racing 2, and Doodle Jump.
This along with the fact that Ubisoft among other companies are already using Amazon’s servers for hosting their multiplayer titles and the fact that they have their own gaming engine means Amazon is really trying to step into gaming more and more.
If you’re interested in Amazon’s GameOn developer tool, you can try it out for free until May 1st to celebrate the launch of “GameOn.”
You can check out more information and sign up here.
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