Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Amazon is looking into its own gaming service

Amazon is looking into its own gaming service

The Information reports that Amazon is putting together a game streaming service that will beam titles from the cloud right to your devices, so you can play without installing them, or even owning a powerful machine to run them.

Streaming game services represent the latest evolution in video games, which have transitioned over the years from cartridges to discs and, more often than not, digital downloads.

Sony's PlayStation Now service is already up and running, and charges players $99.99 a year for access to more than 700 games.

That's according to a new report via The Information, the Internet retail giant is joining the growing list of companies that want to build what's essentially a Netflix for video games.

Deadline also reports that Amazon is now speaking with publishers to distribute their games on the untitled Amazon game-streaming platform.

The Verge was able to track down some Amazon job listings to corroborate the report, where the company is now hiring at least two engineers in Seattle and California specifically to work on "Cloud Games", with a third post saying that Amazon has a new game business planned. "This is a rare opportunity", the listing reads, "to take a technical leadership role to shape the foundation of an unannounced AAA games business". Reporters, however, have spotted job listings relevant to this effort, such as this one for a Lead Cross-Platform Game Engineer.

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