Amazon and Crytek Agree to Licensing Deal Worth $50-$70 Million - Report

Online retailer giant reportedly looking to make yet another major move in the gaming space.

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Multiple sources have told Kotaku that, following Crysis developer Crytek's widespread financial challenges last year, the Germany-based company has formed a major alliance with an unexpected partner: Amazon.

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Four sources told the site that Amazon agreed to a licensing deal for Crytek's in-house game-building toolset, CryEngine 3, to the tune of $50-$70 million. Sources briefed on the deal but not authorized to speak publicly said Crytek's pact with Amazon was large enough to help pull Crytek out of the financial hardships it faced last year, which resulted in layoffs and low morale.

In an interview with Develop last month, Crytek co-founder Faruk Yerli referenced a blockbuster deal that he hoped to talk about soon. "It was a huge one, probably the biggest one," he said at the time. "I can't say anything more in detail, but hopefully we'll be able to announce it with the partner soon."

There is no word as to what Amazon plans to do with CryEngine 3, a popular engine used of course for Crytek's own games as well as Evolve, State of Decay, and Star Citizen, among others. The toolset is indeed powerful, as evidenced in this recent CryEngine 3-powered remake of the original BioShock.

One thing is clear: Amazon is moving into the gaming space in a big way. The company has hired top talent in the form of Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2's Clint Hocking, and Halo writer Erik Nylund, all of whom are working on unannounced projects at the company.

Last year, Amazon bought Killer Instinct developer Double Helix and even formed an internal game team called Amazon Game Studios. The company also launched a streaming console called Amazon Fire TV and got the creator of Flappy Bird to release his next game as an exclusive for that system.

Amazon and Crytek representatives did not respond requests for comment.

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What could've cost so much? Only possibility: Amazon is going to build their own engine based on Crytek's tech. But this possibility seems very slim.

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Eh?? This is basically Kotaku's article, just written a little bit differently with altered wording. Lazy "journalism" as usual from Eddie.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Doncha touch my Eddieh!

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Wild_man_22 kind of a big deal. The fact that they gave the Fire TV a controller means a lot I think. Probably using it now as more of a side thing at the moment. But I bet It's also being used as a learning experience for them. Full-fledged Amazon Console next-gen?

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Hopefully this will be beneficial for Crytek. They have an amazing engine and they've made some decent games, but they seem to lack the creative edge other companies such as CD Projekt Red, BioWare, Bethesda Game Studios, DICE, and many others have. None of the Crysis games were bad, but they were far from perfect. Ryse is a good game, but again suffered due to creatively overhauling the experience. Crytek needs guidance and leadership. I believe they are capable of great things if they just had the proper direction.

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Its a shame they have no clue how to make a good game with that awesomely powerful engine of theirs......

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That's why you hire a bunch of people who do.

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This is good! amazon stopping googles monopolisation with their bullshit adsense programme is a good thing.

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amazon could do incredibly well in the console market, selling their own games off their own digital market place, prime ubcription freebies bonuses, internal credit card discounts for doing all in 1 with amazon,hell yea.. but i'd only consider it if they got right into the thick of gaming and i don't think they will.

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Amazon is such a great company I never hear anything bad about them.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> wut...

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Crytek wouldn't be in such financial trouble if they actually knew how to use their engine to make good games.

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Look Eddie. I know your job is to take press releases and news and lazily reword them a little bit and post them as "articles", but this is straight up plagiarism. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> he doesn't even know what shame is. Otherwise he wouldn't be able to pull himself out of bed to do this crap every day.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> ...and taking pot-shots at him is any better?

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I'm wondering why Amazon choose crytek over unity or unreal engine. Nothing wrong with Crytek though, they might still have the best graphics out there.

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Cheaper. They know Cryeks financial situation so they know theyll sell cheap

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Well yeah Cryengine is one hell of an engine and looks bloody amazing out of the box.

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crytek? More like freetoplaytek.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Wait, they've made a dozen games and you rename them after ONE free to play game??

real classy.

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oyess Crysis 4??Crytek betta get to it n while dey make a trailer 4 it put the Collection togetha to pull up out da Bankrupt state they in cuz it will MASSIVELY inrease sales? ALL Crysis games in 1 collect?Oweee

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The CEO of Crytek was quoted for saying "graphics are the most important thing in a game." That's probably why the games performed poorly saleswise. Try to make your gameplay match the quality of your graphics.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Graphics are the most important thing in a game. There's a reason why we're playing a medium called VIDEO games and not tabletop games or something. There's a reason why we're not all playing Pong.

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Show me some quality games Amazon and I'll entertain the idea of buying them.

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Everything points to Amazon releasing their own kind of micro-console..........

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It's a very impressive engine. Evolve is a gorgeous game and performs well on my PC. They keep adding new monsters and hunters to the game with a wide range of abilities and play styles so the engine seems to be pretty adaptable.

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Crysis 4? Perhaps this time it could actually be as good as the first.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Liked Crysis and Warhead for its non linear gameplay. 2 and 3 were abysmal. The open world aspect was dropped for COD gameplay.

Also goes without saying, but I never want to see another QTE fest like Ryse again.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Have not played 3 but I would not call 2 abysmal.. it was a decent enough story and played well.. but yeah not as good as the first but its always hard to follow up with something better.

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Well, they are doing it the right way: hiring top talent, securing existing studios, and licensing proven tech; however, while they certainly have enough to form a game studio, I doubt they're throwing this much money around just to become a 3rd party studio. And they should be aware mobile gaming is a huge waste of talent.

Hmm...maybe they're also trying Square's supecomputer thing?

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I know I belong in the minority when I say I am big fan of the Crysis games. They were pretty solid and without a doubt have set the precedence on what gaming visual fidelity should be. I remember when Crysis was released in 2007, that not even a pair of Nvidia GTX 8800 GPU's in SLI could handle the game on its max settings. Granted DX 9 was not Microsoft's best API.

Now with Crysis 3 behind us, the CryEngine 3 is arguably the most beautiful engine to date, still contending with the likes of Unreal Engine 4. Real time physics, stunning lighting effects, and stereoscopic 3D rendering combined with DX 11 features have pushed the envelope of what I truly believe is "next generation."

I'm glad Crytek was able to get out of the slumps with Amazon. I know they were going through some pretty hard financial issues, and I also understand that Crysis' clearly wasn't enough to get the job done. I am just thankful to see a superior developer get back on their feet so they can get back to work on some of the most visual appealing games I have ever seen. The masterminds behind the CryEngine that have proven in other works of art now such as Evolve, Ryse, Wasteland, Star Citizen, etc will continue to bring us PC melting quality software. Cheers Crytek!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Watch out you are going to get flak for thinking that graphics do matter sometimes. I love the crysis series as well. Crysis 2 was a bit weak, but all the others were both beautiful alongside good gameplay. Go on hate us.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Heh, I don't care if I get flamed for liking Crysis. I enjoyed every ounce of them all (Well, maybe not so much Warhead...), but a solid combat action game combined with arguably the prettiest game still today, made for a pretty amazing experience. I get that graphics don't always matter, but Crysis certainly set the bar for what gaming visuals can be. For me personally, I built my last rig just to be able to run Crysis 3 on high settings. Granted Crysis 3 melted my PC into a puddle on the ground, but that's besides the point. :)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Fortunately the Crysis games are also very impressive shooters, not just graphical showcases.

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I don't know why companies bother making hardware to compete with the main 3 companies (4 if you count PC/Steambox = Valve). However, if they're planning on buying gaming companies and becoming a publisher, then it would make sense. They just have to realize that without original/good ideas and good games, then they'll still be wasting their time. Right now, AAA devs haven't been making many great games while Indie titles keep getting better and better.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think the right moves for companies are ones that challenge the whole PC - Sony - Microsoft - Nintendo infrastructure.

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I wonder if they're schmoozing with Microsoft for Xbox? ;)

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Ryse son of amazon

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<< LINK REMOVED >> completely off topic, but...

In Flames we trust! \m/

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So, absolutely zero excuses for Timesplitters IV to come out by the end of the calendar year, right?



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I'm Anna. ( mwah!)

Fly me.

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Why not? If Amazon wants to expand and become a video game publisher, I'm not against it. They have tons of money that could go towards funding some new great games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> completely off topic, but...

In Flames we trust! \m/

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I did for as long Jesper was the main song writer. Now... not so much.

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WTF are they going to do with it?

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Now shop with the best graphics possible.

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