Amazon has released a completely free, meaning no royalties and no subscription fees, AAA 3D game engine called Lumberyard. The engine is based on CryEngine and can be used to develop PC and console games, and they say mobile and VR support will be coming as well. It is integrated with Twitch and Amazon Web Services as well.
Amazon makes money through backend services. Developers can use first-party servers, but Amazon Web Services is the mandatory third-party choice. They will also make money through their other new service, GameLift. It’s billed as a paid service for “deploying, operating, and scaling session-based multiplayer games,” which basically means it helps you quickly scale your servers up or down to meet player demand. GameLift is optional, and Gamasutra reports it will cost $1.50 per 1,000 daily active users.
The Amazon Lumberyard beta is now available.