Amazon has announced the launch of its GameOn set of APIs which enable developers to add powerful eSports features to their games.
The APIs can be used to add cross-platform competitive gaming across mobile, PC, and console. Built on AWS’ cloud infrastructure, GameOn works on any operating system.
“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.”
All the features expected from a modern gaming service are there — including support for multi-round competitions, leaderboards, and leagues. Perhaps most notable, however, is Amazon’s unique approach to prizes.
Being the world’s largest online retailer provides more options when it comes to physical rewards. After winning a prize, the user could sign into their Amazon account and have the item shipped to them.
The developer has to pay, of course, but they will not have to deal with the collection of the player’s address and spending time organising the rest of the logistics. Less time spent on shipping items means longer creating better game experiences.
“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.”
With virtual items being a market worth tens of billions, GameOn still has support for in-game unlocks / rewards. Both physical and virtual rewards can be locked by the developer to specific regions, or even GPS-restricted to a certain location at a particular time.
Developers can use GameOn APIs for free until May 1, 2018. After that date, the first 35,000 plays per month are free for a limited time, then developers will pay $0.003 per play. Real-world prizing fulfilled by Amazon is only available in the U.S. at launch.
You can find out more about GameOn here.
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