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News of Amazon dipping its toes in gaming's choppy waters has been circulating for years, without much to show for it beyond a few big-name hires from the likes of Valve and its Twitch takeover. Its ambitions suddenly have much more substance with the launch of Amazon Lumberyard, a free, 'triple-A' game engine named so as to upset eco-warriors everywhere.

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This looks pretty cool. Not that i lnow much about game development, but free is free lol

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Make no mistake, this is the free sort of free: no download fee, no royalties liable.

I don't get it. There has to be a catch somewhere since why would they do this just out of their good will? Nothing's really free in this world. rolleyes.gif
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Make no mistake, this is the free sort of free: no download fee, no royalties liable.

I don't get it. There has to be a catch somewhere since why would they do this just out of their good will? Nothing's really free in this world. rolleyes.gif

Answer for you, just after what you quoted.
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"The caveat is that unless developers are running their own server hardware, they have to use Amazon as provider."
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I don't get it. There has to be a catch somewhere since why would they do this just out of their good will? Nothing's really free in this world. rolleyes.gif

Probably doing the same thing UE4 and cryengine are doing. If you make money off a game created in their engine, they take a cut.
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Answer for you, just after what you quoted.

Ahh thanks, Missed it since I went to the lumbyard page looking for a catch just after reading that.
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Probably doing the same thing UE4 and cryengine are doing. If you make money off a game created in their engine, they take a cut.

Nope. Seems there's nothing like that. It's just AWS pricing that will come to play unless you cash out for your own servers.
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It's not really free unless you are going to also use your own servers. Single player games would be free though.
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Q. Can my game use an alternate web service instead of AWS?
No. If your game servers use a non-AWS alternate web service, we obviously don’t make any money, and it’s more difficult for us to support future development of Lumberyard. By “alternate web service” we mean any non-AWS web service that is similar to or can act as a replacement for Amazon........

You can use hardware you own and operate for your game servers.
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Sweet we don't have a Clear Cutting Simulator yet!
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Looks like it can make some gorgeous games, but then again I'm guessing all the dev kits can. Are there any Dev's here that can tinker with this and see if it's as user friendly as Amazon claims?
I take it, knowing nothing about these kits, i wouldn't be able to download it and bumble through finding out how to use it?
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This is very interesting since this engine is based on the CryEngine.

There's alot of game engines which have become more available to developers now, especially indie developers, we've seen big game engines such as the Unreal Engine and CryEngine go somewhat free, and so has Amazon's own Lumberyard which is based on the CryEngine.

I wonder if this is based on the latest version of CryEngine?

The future of game development and game engines is going to be extremely fascinating!
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