Google and Ubisoft are working on a multiplayer open source server

The next time you play an online game, you might have Google to thank for handling the heavy lifting. The tech giant announced that it is working on an open-source multiplayer server called Agones that should allow gamers “more freedom and flexibility” to host their own matches on the cloud.

Google is developing this new server setup with Ubisoft, as the latter is more than familiar with the requirements and demands of online gaming. The project is still in the early stages but when it comes out, users will be able to create, run, and scale servers to meet the needs of individual matches.

“Our goal is to continually find new ways to provide the highest-quality, most seamless services to our players so that they can focus on their games,” said Ubisoft Development Director Carl Dionne. “Agones helps by providing us with the flexibility to run dedicated game servers in optimal datacenters, and by giving our teams more control over the resources they need. This collaboration makes it possible to combine Google’s expertise in deploying Kubernetes at scale with our deep knowledge of game development pipelines and technologies.”

Source: Tech CrunchGamasutra. Cheers, Sally!
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velimirius

ubisoft will do anything just to avoid paying for dedicated servers.

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Jack Pipsam

Amazon also does a service like this right?
Could be the future of outsourcing all this stuff… or going back to the past like when publishers used services like GameSpy.

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Skardon

reading the description at gamasutra, it sounds like agones is in direct response to spatialos.

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Schmidt.Capela

Sounded more like instancing. They are taking the base tech Google uses to handle how processes are created and managed in their datacenters and adapting it to run instance servers for games.

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connor_jones

“Google is the Illuminati.” – David Bowie

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Schmidt.Capela

As long as it’s open source I see no issue. In fact, I would like it very much if Google’s open source offering managed to kill every single closed-source competitor, but then I believe that open source is better for society; less time wasted reinventing the wheel, more time freed to make great products.

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kjempff

Yeah well, it is just that Google starts open source projects all the time and then abandon them, leaving its users with having to switch tech.

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Utakata

Ashes to ashes….

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Tom R

Sounds like a great way to help keep the online portions of many games from shutting down after a few year. It’s also a great way to ruin a lot of gamer’s weekends when it gets DDOS’d.

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Schmidt.Capela

It’s just a generic tech. It isn’t even tied to Google, you can use any cloud provider that offers Linux machines, virtual or not, to host it.

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Zora

What does that mean, is it intended as a third party service that may serve as a platform to other games, large and small alike, if the developer so wishes for their product?

Meh to actually know how the internet works /hides

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Kane Hart

Interesting. So Google a company that never finishes anything and Ubisoft that comes out with half assed content.

Yeah Next.

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kjempff

Hehe. Is that funny because it is true, or not funny because it is true ? :D

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Cosmic Cleric

It’s so meta. I have a headache.

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Schmidt.Capela

Apple, Microsoft, and everyone else that was developing their own smartphone OS so wish this was true…

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Dystopiq

Isn’t that what R&D is? Sometimes you start projects and end them.