Microsoft Acquires Cloud Gaming Backend Platform PlayFab

Microsoft acquires PlayFab to give Azure a gaming boost

Microsoft acquires PlayFab to give Azure a gaming boost

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired PlayFab, a "complete backend platform for live games" that is used in more than 1200 games, including Killing Floor 2, Pathfinder Adventures, Battletech, and Planetary Annihilation.

"Games were rapidly shifting from packaged goods, sold in boxes, to "always on" digital services, requiring sophisticated server-based infrastructure to host and operate", said Gwertzman. The company described the move as "an important step forward for gaming at Microsoft" and said that it will help make the creation of connected games more accessible for smaller-scale developers. PlayFab enables developers to work on the actual game while taking care of the backend side of things that can be quite complex to set up, especially for new and indie developers trying to get into the market.

'The PlayFab platform is a natural complement to Azure for gaming, ' claims Microsoft's Kareem Choudhry in the company's announcement. Azure, with locations in 42 regions worldwide, provides world-class server infrastructure, allowing creators to focus on building great games with best-available global reach.

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PlayFab is a company that has a collection of tools that are created to be used by game developers for consoles, PCs and mobile phones that want to connect to the cloud.

Choudhry said the PlayFab acquisition demonstrates Microsoft's continued investment in improving Azure as a cloud platform for game developers.

To date, the platform has been behind a number of successful games, including Angry Birds Seasons and Bad Piggies.

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However, for developers and players who don't mind modern microtransactions, Microsoft's acquisition of PlayFab could be a huge boon.

The platform has served more than 700 million players, processes more than 1.5 billion transactions a day and now powers more than 1,200 games across all platforms, including mobile, PC and console. "Built poorly, they crashed and burned on launch day", James Gwertzman, PlayFab CEO and co-founder. 'This means broadening our approach to how we think about gaming end to end, about starting with games and how they're creating and distributed, and how they're played and viewed.

With speculation rife on Microsoft going on a spree to buy out companies to bolster its gaming efforts, we won't be surprised to see this being the first of many this year.

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