Amazon announced Amazon GameOn, a cross-platform, competitive gaming service for developers. With GameOn, developers can easily integrate competitions natively into their games on mobile, PC, or console through a set of flexible APIs. GameOn is built on AWS’s cloud infrastructure and works on any operating system, giving developers the ability to scale quickly, while allowing them to invest more time in what they do best—designing great games.
Competitive gaming and esports are growing globally, and with Amazon GameOn developers have an easy tool to bring more players in on the action—allowing them to compete for in-game and real-world prizes fulfilled by Amazon. This service also gives developers the ability to drive engagement and increase monetization of their games. GameOn currently supports leaderboards, leagues, and multi-round competitions and gives developers the flexibility to create custom events such as local and regional competitions. Developers can also enable players and streamers to create their own user-generated competitions and invite participants, allowing players to connect with friends and expand their gaming network.
Today, Amazon GameOn is being used by nWay, Game Insight, Eden Games, Umbrella Games, Nazara, Mindstorm, Mokuni, Avix, and GameCloud Studios in games ranging from casual to core across different genres. Players in these games already experience the amazing benefits of GameOn from leaderboards to leagues to real-world prizing.
Nazara, a leading mobile games developer from India with some of the most popular games and millions of downloads is also integrated with GameOn. “We’re excited to integrate GameOn into Super Bheem Clash” said Manish Agarwal, CEO Nazara Technologies. “GameOn allows us to create more dynamic competition and drive engagement with players—and we’re thrilled see so many players of SuperBheem Clash already getting in on the action.”
nWay, the developer of free-to-play mobile multiplayer games, started integrating Amazon GameOn competitions into Saban’s Power Rangers: Legacy Wars. “We were particularly drawn to the real-world prizing aspect of GameOn. In-game tournaments drive player engagement, and prizing creates a stronger incentive for players to participate.” said Jesse Cherry, Senior Product Lead, nWay. “Administering real-world rewards is complex, and Amazon is a valuable partner who can make the logistics easy and seamless.”
Eden Games, the developer behind some of the world’s most successful racing franchises including V-Rally and Test Drive Unlimited, uses Amazon GameOn to scale the size of the competitions they run in Gear.Club. “GameOn has made it easy for us to add leaderboards and tournaments in-game,” said Pascal Clarysse, CMO, Eden Games. “GameOn saved us months of development and a whole lot of maintenance and logistical overhead in the long run.”
Game Insight, a leading global developer of cross-platform multiplayer games, is using Amazon GameOn to better reward their community in Survival Arena. “We’re committed to growing the competitive gaming and esports community, and GameOn APIs give us an exciting new toolset to do this with,” said Anatoly Ropotov, CEO, Game Insight. “We’ve already started using GameOn to provide our fans with real-world prizes and new types of tournaments that allow players to compete against each other across PC and mobile.”
Amazon GameOn will be powering competitions in highly anticipated sequels from Vector Unit and Lima Sky with the ability to win prizes in both Beach Buggy Racing 2 and a brand-new Doodle Jump title. In addition, new upcoming releases from Canvas Games, Superpower, PlaySide Studios, and Asmodee Digital will leverage GameOn technology to bring competitions to their fans.
Developers can use GameOn APIs for free until May 1, 2018. After that date, there is a free tier for the first six months of usage, then developers will pay $0.003 per play. Physical prizing fulfilled by Amazon will only be available in the U.S. at launch. To learn more about Amazon GameOn, our partners, and pricing visit: developer.amazon.com/gameon