Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Amazon is developing its own game streaming service

Amazon is developing its own game streaming service

Details are scant at the moment, but it's fair to assume the online retailer wants to create a Netflix-style on-demand platform for playing video games.

Amazon hasn't confirmed the new gaming service. It's something that makes a heck of a lot of sense for Amazon to do, given that they're the largest provider of cloud computing services in the world. Sony's PlayStation Now, which works similarly, comes to mind.

Like all technologies, there's further enhancements and improvements to be made which will make these services more reliable and less bandwidth intensive, but will it replace true gaming hardware in the home?

Amazon, Microsoft and Google are in the midst of an intense battle to win business from companies moving their workloads to the cloud. Today, almost fourteen years after its launch, the Amazon Prime ecosystem can even be a tempting proposition to consumers who have no intention of shopping on the largest digital marketplace in the world.

Two sources told the publication that Amazon was looking to enter the cloud gaming market in 2020.

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Amazon isn't a newcomer to the gaming landscape. While they're certainly not bombastic, earth-shattering titles, their very existence proves Amazon has a little bit of experience in that department. Amazon also owns the popular streaming service Twitch, which it acquired for close to $1 billion in 2014. Amazon has Prime TV, which demonstrates that the company is rooted to streaming already, and a similar infrastructure in its AWS-cloud based storage service, is already used by some developers including Ubisoft and Sega.

What this means is that Amazon is essentially all set. Here games can be played without needing to be downloaded and installed on the computer at home.

With this, the future of gaming looks clear.

While Amazon has yet to say anything official on the matter, The Verge has noticed a number of postings that corroborate the rumor - including a position for a Cross Platform Game Engineer and two listings that specifically mention cloud games - but we'll have to wait to hear from Amazon before anything's official.

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