Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are the leading cloud platforms for games due to their advanced capabilities across the analyzed areas. The report also mentioned Cloud service providers such as Google, Tencent, Oracle, Alibaba and IBM.
AWS, the longstanding market leader, distinguishes itself with excellent infrastructure, tools, and a robust partner ecosystem. Microsoft Azure, on the other hand, stands out with its impressive global infrastructure and an exceptionally rich set of bespoke tools and solutions catered specifically to game developers.
Omdia’s Games Tech Intelligence Service, titled Market Radar: Cloud Platforms for Games 2023 predicts the cloud and related services market in the gaming sector to exceed $12 billion by the end of 2023.
The report extensively evaluates the capabilities of seven prominent players in this rapidly expanding market. Omdia’s assessment focuses on each platform’s capacity to address key use cases within the games industry, highlighting their crucial role in game development workflows and game server infrastructure.
The report said cloud platforms are emerging as essential providers of various game development tools, emphasizing the importance of understanding their offerings for developers and tech vendors. Whether competing, integrating, or both, with cloud platforms, tech vendors must recognize their unique strengths and capabilities.
Furthermore, the research underscores the increasingly competitive nature of the cloud services market within the games vertical. Companies like Google and Tencent leverage their deep expertise in the gaming industry to offer an excellent range of solutions for game development and operations. The remaining vendors also possess distinct strengths, targeting specific segments of the market.
Liam Deane, Principal Analyst covering Games Tech at Omdia, emphasized the significance of carefully considering all options when selecting a cloud platform within the games industry. With a growing range of cloud platforms tailored to the gaming sector, buyers in the industry must be diligent in their decision-making. Additionally, tech vendors need to be aware of how their products interact with these cloud platforms to remain competitive in this evolving landscape.
The report’s findings highlight the pivotal role of cloud platforms in shaping the future of the games industry and provide valuable insights for both developers and tech vendors seeking to thrive in this dynamic market.