Let the cloud games begin: Amazon plans to roll out its gaming service by 2020, reports says

Let the cloud games begin: Amazon plans to roll out its own gaming service by next year to rival Google’s Stadia, reports says

  • Amazon will reportedly unveil its new gaming service next year
  • The service will compete with Google’s Stadia which rolled out this month
  • Microsoft and Sony also have plans to join the race 

Amazon will reportedly throw its hat into the cloud gaming ring by 2020 in a bid to challenge competitors like Google.

In a report from CNET, the outlet corroborated rumors from The Information published in January and provided evidence of the initiative via job listings for a ‘new initiative’ within Amazon’s cloud computing branch.

CNET reports that Amazon also eventually plans to integrate its new service with Twitch, the Amazon-owned platform through which gamers are able to stream themselves playing their respective games.

Amazon is making its first foray into cloud gaming according to a new report that suggests the service could be rolled out by 2020 (Stock image)

In a separate job listing seeking a ‘Principal Product Leader,’ The Verge also reports that the position will be for a ‘New AWS Gaming Initiative.’

‘We believe the evolution that began with arcade communities a quarter at a time, growing to the live streams and e-sports of today, will continue to a future where everyone is a gamer and every gamer can create, compete, collaborate and connect with others at massive scales,’ writes the company in the description. 

Google’s recently launched Stadia service won’t be the only competition for Amazon upon launching. 

Both Microsoft and Sony, two of the biggest names in more traditional platform gaming, are also gearing up to release their own cloud-gaming services. Microsoft’s xCloud is currently in beta phase where early users can play 50 games in total. 

Google recently rolled out Stadia, its first ever cloud gaming service which has been met with mixed reviews

Google recently rolled out Stadia, its first ever cloud gaming service which has been met with mixed reviews

In a surprise twist, Microsoft and Sony also partnered together in May to help develop cloud-gaming technology and compete with the likes of Google and Amazon.

While Google’s Stadia has already run into issues upon its roll out this week, with some customers failing to receive their hardware in time for Stadia’s launch, Amazon may fare better.

Amazon already operates a high-powered cloud-server business and as noted by The Verge, owns Twitch, which would give the company valuable insight into which games customers enjoy playing.


AWS is a cloud computing service that gives customers a way of accessing databases, storage and servers. 

AWS owns and operates the hardware that is required to provide these services.

Customers access what they need from AWS through a web application.

Amazon’s cloud computing option allows users to pay for the resources they need as they go – meaning they do not have to purchase servers that might not even be used to be safe.

Additionally, the service allows developers to access exactly the infrastructure capacity they need so they do not end up having purchased too much or too little.  

The ‘AWS Secret Region’ is a subset with the capability to allow the 17 intelligence agencies to host, analyze and run applications on government data classified at the secret level.

The service is air-gapped—or shut off—from the rest of the internet.

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