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Amazon to introduce a Netflix-like service for video games by 2020

Amazon to introduce a Netflix-like service for video games by 2020

STREAMING VIDEO! THAT'S SO 2018 DARLING.is probably something an Amazon exec said as the seller of everything is reportedly developing its own game streaming service. Details are scant at the moment, but it's fair to assume the online retailer wants to create a Netflix-style on-demand platform for playing video games. With the improvements in broadband networks and Internet speeds in recent years, which is the only prerequisite for this streaming service, it seems highly likely that this will be the future of gaming. But as the wide-open field of game streaming picks up steam, it appears Amazon might see an opportunity to really become a player.

Google, meanwhile, has started testing a cloud gaming service - under the name Project Stream - with a limited number of users. Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the most profitable businesses being run by Amazon, is the leader in providing cloud services to individuals and organizations.

Amazon, Microsoft and Google are in the midst of an intense battle to win business from companies moving their workloads to the cloud. Microsoft, for example, unveiled its video game streaming service Project xCloud back in October, touting it as bringing games to devices including PCs and consoles.

According to the sources, the service could launch next year as Amazon looks to add to its influence in the gaming market.

'Instead, the games run on powerful computers inside data centers, allowing people to play them on devices with less processing muscle, including smartphones, tablets and smart televisions.' Amazon hasn't announced any such plans so far or even confirmed the existence of such plans.

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Verizon is the latest of several big companies working on their own game streaming services.

This isn't game streaming like say, Twitch.

Amazon has yet to officially confirm the reports.

Beyond that, would Amazon sell games individually, bundle them as a subscription, or include them with its ubiquitous Amazon Prime membership?