AWS Getting Started Webinars | 21-24 April 2020

On-demand Webinar Series:
Getting started with Game Tech

Making games can be hard. Being equipped with the right tools, best practices, and the shared experiences of others can help give you a head start. Whether you’re new to game development, or a seasoned industry veteran, this webinar series is designed to give you the building blocks needed to get started with AWS, regardless of your game’s genre, platform or complexity. Registration is free and open to anyone looking for information around how to build better games, faster.

What you can expect to learn?

  • From game launch to scaling successful games, learn best practices on how to leverage the Cloud
  • Learn about the services best suited to incorporate into different game development workloads
  • How to use AWS to develop high-performance game experiences for your players
  • Gain insight into the tools available to better understand game engagement and player behaviour
  • Make more informed decisions around which AWS cloud services to use for game development


Access the webinar content on-demand:

So you want to move your game to the cloud - now what?
In this session, game devs and game publishers will build a more well-rounded view of cloud economics and the path to migration, by contextualising the merits of running games in the cloud. We’ll talk about the advantages specific to reducing technical debt, game innovation and expediting time to market, and how these translate into benefits for your players. We’ll cover the building blocks for how to prepare for migration, including case studies of how we’ve successfully done this for games customers across the globe, and introduce you to Cloud Readiness tools that can help you establish a predictable cost model.

Focus: Migrating to Cloud
Suitable for: Technical and Commercial games professionals
Content Level: 100 

Build and deploy game servers your way
Creating a game is an adventure, filled with interesting challenges that require novel solutions. Creating engaging games and immersive experiences players love is one thing, but you still need to make sure your game is available to the world – reliably, always-on, and at any scale. In this session, you’ll learn more about how to deploy dedicated game servers globally. With built-in matchmaking and automatic scaling to match your needs, services like Amazon GameLift simplifies the build steps needed to create the backend infrastructure your games rely on, or you can choose to go your own way, building your stack from the ground-up using core AWS services. Through sample architectures and use cases from studios of all sizes, we’ll help you identify the most efficient way to build and deploy back end infrastructure quickly, and reliably.

Focus: Game Servers
Suitable for: Technical and Commercial games professionals
Content Level: 200 

How to build an analytics pipeline with a small team
As you’re developing a game, it’s important to have the right information at the right time to be able to answer questions about how your game is performing, where there are bottlenecks, and what changes you need to make to keep players engaged. In this session we’ll cover how you can build an analytics pipeline for your game without managing any infrastructure, enabling you to power very large workloads even if you have a small team. We’ll aim to give you the tools to become more data-driven in your decision making, and encourage prioritizing game analytics pipeline creation as an embedded part of your game development cycle.

Focus: Game Analytics
Suitable for: Technical games professionals
Content Level: 200 

Get ready to ship better games, faster
Building, testing and shipping games has a lot of nuances. The source code, including assets and media, tends to be very large, and so are the compiled game binaries. The version control of choice is often different from other types of development, and build pipeline workloads are highly variable, requiring large amounts of resources during some parts of the development cycle – and very little at others, which makes it hard to right-size. In this talk, we’ll explore extending or moving your build pipeline into the cloud using AWS services, such as EC2, Spot Fleets, and S3. Learn how you can use these tools to speed up your build pipeline by extending it to the cloud. By allowing your build environment to scale to match the demand, you can shorten the development iteration cycle, and decrease engineering time waiting for builds without sacrificing quality.

Focus: Game Build Pipelines
Suitable for: Technical games professionals
Content Level: 300 

Your Presenter:

Arni Birgisson, AWS Game Tech Developer Advocate, EMEA

Arni leads our Game Tech developer advocacy efforts in Europe, Middle East and Africa. With over 20 years of industry experience focusing on infrastructure and solutions for games studios and publishers, his expertise covers a broad spectrum of topics ranging from mobile game backends and cloud infrastructure, to system management and networking. With an equal amount of love for playing games and ensuring they scale and operate efficiently, he’s passionate about helping games professionals unlock the value of AWS.