Amazon working on streaming gaming platform

Amazon working on streaming gaming platform

Amazon working on streaming gaming platform

Amazon has a well-deserved reputation for taking over whatever industry it gets itself into, but its record of success is far from flawless. Whether the service will actually come to fruition is anyone's guess, but assuming The Information's coverage is accurate, it's hardly an unprecedented move for the online retail giant.

Amazon is one of the top-three cloud players in the market, it comes as no surprise that a game streaming service is on Jeff Bezos' list.

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Through its Twitch subsidiary, the rapidly growing live video streaming service that focuses on video games, Amazon also oversees a thriving community of passionate gamers, some of whom are enjoying mainstream success and elevated cultural cache. But The Information reported on Thursday that the company has held conversations with publishers about releasing games on a new service as early as 2020. According to BGR, Amazon is planning to launch a cloud-based gaming service uses a Netflix-style subscription model. Wait, you didn't know that? Even though there could be a lag in some high-performance competitive gaming scenarios, OnLive ran tests and found that people generally couldn't tell the difference between games running remotely and games running locally, according to Perlman.

Okay, yes, the Fire TV has not exactly set the gaming world on fire.

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Gaming is not unprecedented on Amazon devices, either.

The project is said to be in its early stage of development, lacking basic things like a save function and adequate game performance. Far from the basic smartphone apps you can play on the Fire TV, Breakaway was meant to be a real-deal PC game that would attract the esports crowd. The effort is closely tied to the Internet juggernaut's Web Services division seeing how the company is seeking to leverage its massive cloud infrastructure in order to power the streaming service internally, sources claim.

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An increasing number of companies are trying their hand at game streaming services, which remains a niche sector but could one day be huge. Microsoft is now "mostly a cloud business", Perlman said.

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