Online retailing giant Amazon is now hiring top developers for an ambitious gaming project. The information comes as the company posted a series of recruiting ads on video game site Gamasutra. As per the job listing, the new game to be developed will use state-of-the-art technology while employees will be working at a facility in Seattle. The ad further said that Amazon has already recruited a bunch of talent who have earlier worked on projects including World of Warcraft, BioShock, Half-Life 2, Shadows of Mordor and The Last of Us.
The move apparently had been a long time coming, as Amazon bought popular game streaming website Twitch last for a hefty sum of $970 million. Now the company is in the process of developing a revolutionary PC game, that’ll integrate ‘Amazon Web Service’ and Twitch. Amazon believes that integrating Twitch and AWS would provide a solid platform for a more immersive gameplay and the potential to unite gamers across platforms.
“Amazon is committed to gamers, and building great teams who are excited to use Twitch, the AWS cloud, and technical innovation to radically evolve the gameplay,” Amazon said. “We believe that games have just scratched the surface in their power to unite players and will produce some of the future’s most influential voices in media and art.”
The move is most likely a ploy by Amazon to expand its gaming business and move beyond the just Fire tablets, phones, and TVs. The giant online retailer has been primarily working on Facebook and mobile games since 2012, though it seems the company got more intent in 2014, when it hired Portal developer Kim Swift along with Far Cry 2 developer Clint Hocking. While in 2013, Halo writer Erik Nylund was also hired by the company as its director of native design.
The move clearly suggests Amazon has its eyes set more heavily on the gaming industry and will likely give some tough competition to the already established game developers out there. Amazon has made it precisely clear that it would be hiring the cream of the crop in the gaming industry and use the latest technology. As already mentioned, the company has already hired a slew of talent whose previous credits includes popular cult titles like Half-Life 2, World of Warcraft and BioShock, which are rather clear signs the company is brewing something massive.
However, not much is known about the game that Amazon is in the process of making or what genre, though it’s safe to assume the company is all geared up to make a game, that too on a massive scale.
Interested developers can find more information about job posting.