Making Low-Latency Multiplayer Gaming Possible Everywhere

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Making Low-Latency MultiplayerGaming Possible EverywhereDeliver responsive multiplayer gaming anywhere in the worldand burst through existing development barriers1

3Multiplayer Gaming – the Future4Video Games Continue to Increase in Popularity5Gaming Challenges6What are AWS Outposts?7How does AWS Outposts Help?8Use Case: Reduce Cloud Gaming Latency9Which Type of Storage do you Need?10Next Steps 2

Multiplayer Gaming – the Futuregame companies can extend this truly consistent hybridexperience anywhere in the world. Online game serversThe best games pull players into immersive worlds. Tocan run close enough to players to deliver very low latency.achieve that level of experience, online play needs to haveWorkloads can run locally but burst seamlessly to the Regionminimal latency to be as responsive to player input aswhen more capacity is needed. Multiplayer games run well inpossible. To build richer immersive in-game experiences thatRegions, but they are not everywhere and today’s high-endgarner a loyal following, developers need freedom to createmultiplayer experiences require very low latency all the time.without distractions such as hardware management.Outposts is a fully managed service, with installation andCloud computing helps game companies to focus on creatingmanagement handled by AWS – enabling you to focus onand delivering new experiences, instead of managingdeveloping quality games instead of managing infrastructure.hardware. It enables teams to run online game sessions closerto their players and build games closer to their artists.If you’re already running your applications on Intel Xeon servers on-premises and benefitting from Intel softwareAWS takes cloud gaming further, with a unified set of toolsoptimizations and tuning for enterprise applications, you’llthat spans the entire game production pipeline – fromenjoy the same robust performance on Outposts as well asdevelopment, to testing, to development in AWS Regionsthe AWS Cloud.and on AWS Outposts to achieve low millisecond latencyplay. With Outposts, developers have a consistent hybridIn this eBook, learn more about how AWS Outposts canexperience, with the same set of AWS services, APIs and toolshelp you deliver the next great game development andto learn across a global digital estate. With AWS Outposts,capture a new generation of demanding online players.3

Video Games Continue to Increase in Popularity1 Billionplayers 1 BillionrevenueA billion more people are playing video games todaythan five years ago.1 They are playing in many different waysGlobal eSports revenues surpassed 1 billion for thefirst time in 2020.3 Esports competitions need low-latencyincluding on PC, consoles from multiple generations, mobile devices,performance in order to provide a level playing field.and in the cloud. 3.2 Billionby 202340% onlinegamingMore and more games are being streamed via cloudservices. Streaming services are forecast to create a 3.2Demand for online multiplayer is increasing. Most USgamers now spend at least 40% of their gaming time playingbillion market by 2023.2online titles.44

Gaming ChallengesAs multiplayer game companies look for further growth opportunities,AWS Outposts provides a truly consistent hybrid experiencekeeping a seamless customer experience is paramount. To achieve this, thereto meet a team’s development challenges as wellare some specific key challenges to address:as the technical latency demands of gamers.Fast and smooth in-game experienceThese are the most critical aspect of gameplay among allgamers today, not just eSports players. But even if game5As a managed service Outposts gives yourteam more time to concentrate on makingexceptional multiplayer titles.application servers are deployed in multiple AWS Regions,players in locations far from the server will not experience thesame low-latency benefits.Teams’ competing development prioritiesTeams need to be able to focus on developing unique games,not ‘undifferentiated heavy lifting’ (IT work that doesn’tadd value).Growing developer demandsAs games get bigger and target more platforms, buildprocesses require more compute and storage resources. Betterworkflow comes from removing such undifferentiated heavylifting, which means it’s a faster and smoother pathto deployment.5

What are AWS Outposts?AWS Services run Locallyon OutpostsAWS Outposts is a fully managed service that offers the same AWSinfrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools to virtually any data center,Run AWS compute and storage, and other AWS services on Outposts.colocation space, or on-premises facility for a truly consistent Intel-powered EC2 instance typeshybrid experience.An Outpost is an industry-standard 42Urack. It’s installed, managed, monitored, andpatched by AWS, allowing you to focus oncreating amazing games. General purpose, compute optimized, memory optimized, graphicsoptimized, and I/O optimized, powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors StorageElastic Block Store (EBS) and Amazon S3 for AWS Outposts ContainersAmazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) and Amazon Elastic ContainerService (ECS, a fully managed container orchestration service) Amazon Relational Database ServiceAmazon RDS enables the set up, operation and scale up of relationaldatabases in the cloud (ElastiCache is available in all AWS regions) Application Load BalancingALB provides advanced request routing for web traffic AnalyticsWith Amazon EMR you can set up, deploy, manage, and scale ApacheHadoop, Apache Hive, Apache Spark, and Presto clusters Amazon Virtual Private CloudVPC provisions a logically isolated section of the AWS CloudApplications can also make use of other AWS services available inthe Region associated with your Outposts rack.6

How does AWS Outposts Help?With AWS Outposts, game companies can benefit from: Ability to deploy game servers near to gamersAWS Outposts racks are installed in locations you choose,anywhere in the world. A truly consistent hybrid cloud experienceUse the same services, APIs, and tools on premises as inthe cloud. Easily migrate workloads between Outposts andRegions with consistent performance in each location. Easily scale development resourcesRun critical and latency-sensitive workloads on Outposts.Workloads can burst seamlessly to the AWS Region, withno limits on capacity. Outpost validated partner offeringsProtect and enrich the player experience by integratingwith Outposts Partner offerings, like Veritas, Pure Storage,Sisense, CyberArk, AppDynamics, ScyllaDB and Confluent,that have been validated on AWS.7

Use Case: Reduce CloudGaming LatencySolution – Deploy close to players onAWS OutpostsProblem – Latency too high (servers far from gamers)enabling low-latency multiplayer sessions and other benefits:Your new online multiplayer game is taking off in several emerging markets – You choose the locationsYou deploy your game on AWS Outposts at locations close to players,but your nearest multiplayer servers are thousands of miles away. You want toAWS Outposts can be deployed in virtually any data center, colocationgive players there a fun experience. But they can’t compete on a level playingspace or on-premises facility in the world.field, because latency is preventing them from reacting quickly to in-gameevents. Players can be vocal about the problem in online communities and ifplay isn’t smooth and immersive your game’s success could be limited by that. Migration is easyWorkloads that run in the AWS Region usually require only a fewchanges and can be moved to AWS Outposts within a few hours. Access what AWS Regions offerAWS Outposts is a highly suited hardware solution for this use case.It provides the same services, APIs, and tools as in AWS Regions. Outposts’compute is powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors which aredesigned with Intel Mesh Architecture, maximizing performance whileenabling consistent, low latencies. Fully managed serviceAWS manages, monitors, and updates your Outposts racks for you. It’seasier than deploying standard servers and as reliable as you expectAWS to be.8

Which Type of Storage do you Need?Amazon EBSAWS Outposts can be configured with EBS storage in tiersup to 55TB. So, you have as much storage as you needfor workloads such as Perforce version control. Outpostsprovides snapshot and restore capabilities and lets youincrease volume size without any performance impact.All EBS volumes and snapshots on Outposts are fullyencrypted by default.Amazon S3Amazon’s object storage (S3) is now available withAWS Outposts too. Using S3 APIs developers can storeand retrieve data in the same way they would accessor use data in a regular AWS Region. When configuringan Outpost you can add 48TB or 96TB of S3 storagecapacity, and you can create up to 100 buckets oneach Outpost.9

Next StepsThe global video games market continues to grow bigger and more competitive, with billions ofplayers who expect fast online experiences. Game development also keeps getting more resourceintensive. With AWS Outposts you can focus on creating unique experiences, scale to meet newdemands easily, and solve latency challenges by deploying multiplayer servers anywhere.1. Engage2. Choose3. Install and LaunchReach out to your account teamSelect your size and then orderAWS will install and deliver youror fill out our online form: https://the Outpost rack configuration thatconfiguration. Use standard suits. Custom configurationAlternatively, go into the AWSis available. or Management Console to APIs launch and run AWS resources locally.Management Console.Learn more December 2019. A billion new players are set to transform the gaming -gamers-billion-players.Newzoo. Apr 2020. The Global Cloud Gaming Market Is on Track to Generate Revenues of 3.2 Billion by o via VentureBeat. Feb 2020. Newzoo: Global esports will top 1 billion in as-the-top-market/.Statista. Sept 2019. Average time spent playing multiplayer online games in the U.S. 2016, by ne-in-the-us/.Limelight Networks. 2020. The State of Online Gaming er/state-of-online-gaming-2020/.Intel Xeon 1011Scalable processors

Your new online multiplayer game is taking off in several emerging markets - but your nearest multiplayer servers are thousands of miles away. You want to give players there a fun experience. But they can't compete on a level playing field, because latency is preventing them from reacting quickly to in-game events.

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