Amazon announces its own game engine with built-in Twitch support
OREANDA-NEWS. February 11, 2016. Online retailer Amazon continues its push into gaming today with the announcement of Amazon Lumberyard. It's a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine that the company says is capable of delivering the "highest quality games," featuring "beautiful worlds, realistic characters, and stunning real-time effects."
Lumberyard wasn't the only new gaming tool that Amazon announced today. The company also revealed Amazon GameLift, a program for Lumberyard that aims to allow developers to increase the scale and performance of their online multiplayer games "without any additional engineering effort or upfront costs."
The engine also includes a "full-featured editor" and "hundreds" of other elements including cloth physics, character and animation editors, audio tools, weather effects, and vehicle systems. Amazon also noted that Lumberyard developers get full access to the engine's source code.
Lumberyard isn't completely free, however, as developers will need to pay the regular Amazon Web Services fee to use it. For GameLift, there is a "small per-player fee" as well that comes out to \\$1.50 for 1,000 daily active users.
You can check out the announcement video above to learn more about Lumberyard and the developers currently using it.