Amazon job listings suggest it's making a cloud gaming service

It looks like Amazon wants to get into the streaming games business. Following a report from The Information, which claimed Amazon is developing a cloud-based gaming service, The Verge noticed an Amazon job posting for a “Lead Cross Platform Game Engineer”. The listing stated that the company has some type of new game business currently in the works and even mentioned the job will involve working on AAA games.

The Verge also found two more job listing by Amazon that shows the company is also looking for engineers to work on “cloud games”. If you use Playstation Now, then you are familiar with the concept of cloud-based gaming. So far, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service is the most successful out there, but Microsoft and Google are both working on versions of online game streaming services, too.

Cloud gaming tries to solve some problems that have become an annoyance for gamers: titles are now huge and require long download times. Even physical copies now require players to wait hours as the game downloads and updates. Cloud gaming allow gamers to play without a hard copy or waiting for something to download.

It does this by having the games already running on servers somewhere else. That does mean a pretty good internet connection is required, or players might experience lagging or even being booted from a game. The servers have to be close by, or else the games will be unplayable due to lag.

This technology is far from perfected. Amazon may be uniquely suited for to success in cloud gaming because of its already-existing server infrastructure, and the fact that it has its own a gaming studio and even Twitch. It’s still it’s too early to tell how seriously to take these signs from Amazon.

Amazon could be on the verge of a major push in cloud gaming, or just covering its backside in case game streaming platforms really begin to take off in the future.

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