Mr. Buser declined to comment on the February changes.
Amazon also unveiled a cloud service, Luna, in September. So far, it’s only been available to invitees, who pay $6 a month to play 85 games on the platform. Games can be streamed from the cloud to Amazon’s phones, computers, and Fire TVs.
Like Google, Amazon has struggled to amass a huge library of compelling games, although it does offer games from French publisher Ubisoft for an additional fee. Amazon also struggled to develop its own games, which van Dreunen said shows that the creative artistry needed to create compelling games contrasts with the more corporate style of the guys. technology giant.
“They may have an interesting technological solution, but it completely lacks personality,” he said.
Amazon says it’s still focused on game development: It opened a game studio in Montreal in March, and after a long delay, it’s releasing a game called New World in the summer. this.
Even console manufacturers have jumped into the cloud game. Microsoft, the company that makes the Xbox console, released a cloud service, xCloud or Xbox Cloud Gaming, last fall. With a $15 monthly subscription, users can play over 200 games on a variety of devices.
Sony also has a cloud game service, PlayStation Now, where games can be streamed to PlayStation consoles and computers.
Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, said in an interview last month that he doesn’t think it’s possible to become a game company “with any great degree of ambition” without video games. cloud computing. Sony declined to comment.
Other companies have also passed. Nvidia, the chipmaker that makes gaming hardware, has a $10-a-month cloud program, GeForce Now.