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Amazon Takes Videogaming Seriously, Hires Pros from Portal and Farcry Devs

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New Amazon Studios Design Team
New Amazon Studios Design Team

Just after the reveal of Amazon?s Fire T.V, it would seem that Amazon is pretty serious with what they want the consumers to experience with their instant streaming platform in terms of gaming. They recently hired Portal designer, Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 designer Clink Hocking.

Kim Swift is well known for helping pave the way for Valve?s hit game, Portal and had a recent stint with Airtight games on an Ouya-exclusive game. She will be holding the position of senior designer in Amazon. Hocking, on the other hand, is a jack of all spades, being able to work with a number of big names in the industry like Ubisoft, LucasArts and Valve and notable titles he worked on were Far Cry 2 and Splinter Cell. He also has the position of senior designer in Amazon Game Studios as well. Both of them have confirmed this move on their LinkedIn profiles.

Just in a previous report, Amazon has also acquired Double Helix (The studio behind Killer Instinct and Strider on Xbox One) and they have also hired Erik Nylund as the director for narrative design of their future games.

Judging by these moves, it would likely seem that Amazon is taking the video game business in a more serious level despite the fact that the ?gaming? function of Amazon Fire T.V is merely a bonus feature.

With an optional controller, Amazon seems to be steering on the path of gaming, but VP for Amazon Kindle, Pete Larsen said that ?This is absolutely not a game console?. With a following interview with Engadget he also said ?This isn’t trying to be a console, but we do think there’s a great opportunity there in between a console and a smartphone for fun, quality games?.

Still firm to Amazon Fire T.V?s original cause, the real competition is between them, Apple T.V and Roku as mediums for streaming video. However, gaming capabilities can mean more to some consumers and you, being able to play titles like Asphalt 8 or Deus Ex: The Fall on your huge T.V set will feel quite similar to playing with a real console as the quality of games on the mobile market now are getting even better.

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