GamesIndusty.biz – Amazon has launched a beta of a ‘word game’ platform in the UK, with the aim of letting users pick words to build a list of games, with an Amazon logo on each game.
The company said that it was creating a ‘virtual library’ of word games that would be ‘available to all’ on Google’s Google Play service, which is intended for businesses and educators.
The beta will initially run from April 22, but Amazon has not announced pricing yet.
The initiative comes just two months after Amazon introduced its ‘Games for All’ initiative to its online games business, where the company is currently offering free games to students across its Amazon Prime membership service.
Google Play Games has traditionally been a relatively low-margin, low-tech platform for the video game industry, but has now expanded to offer games from publishers such as Electronic Arts, Capcom and Warner Bros.
The new Amazon Games initiative will let users pick up a word game from an Amazon listing, then have the option to choose which of a dozen or more games they want to play with their friends.
The Amazon Games Beta will be available to those who sign up for an Amazon Prime account.
It will allow users to create games and add-ons for Amazon Prime members, including game sharing and sharing content with friends.
Players can also create their own games, or upload them from the Amazon Games beta.
The announcement comes just one month after Amazon announced that it is testing a ‘Word Games’ app for Android and iOS devices.
The app is a collaboration between Google and the developers of Words for All, a word games service which Amazon said will be rolling out in the coming weeks.
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