The rumor mill has been churning with speculations revolving around the latest job listings posted by Amazon Game Studios. Is the retail giant gearing up for a major launch into the console gaming industry or directing their efforts more into the mobile app industry? Ever since the company’s acquisition of Double Helix Games everyone has been wondering exactly what will be Amazon’s next move. One thing is for certain, the retail giant is searching for veteran app game developers.
Their recent job listings posted on LinkedIn and at Amazon Game Studios has the game business buzzing.
The first job post appeared about a month ago, seeking a senior graphics developer with a minimum of seven years of game development experience, it also listed a preference for candidates with “Android and iOS app game development experience” and individuals who have “shipped AAA game title(s).” The post’s desired experience prerequisites definitely appeared to indicate that the company is going to go big with their launch.
For those unfamiliar with the term AAA it stands for big budgets and large development teams. In the console world games like Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto is considered to be AAA standard. These types of games receive lots of marketing and promotion. They often have the best placement in stores and online as well.
Another listing requesting someone for a creative director position was also posted on Amazon’s website but it did not mention experience with Android or iOS app development. The job ad was missing one of the lines included in the LinkedIn post that stated, “Out team includes industry veterans of dozens of titles including Thief, System Shock 2, HalfLife 2, Left for Dead, Age of Empires, Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Call of Duty and Bioshock, with a pinch of Amazon peculiarity thrown in.”
The job listings unquestionably fuel the rumor that the company is going into the mobile genre again. Back in 2012, Amazon released their first and so far only mobile app called Air Patriots. However the game did not do well on the charts.