Microsoft is doubling down on gaming inside its cloud division, bringing together several developer tools and services under one umbrella and introducing new capabilities from a key acquisition made last year.

The new Microsoft Game Stack unites services such as Xbox Live, Azure, Visual Studio and PlayFab, the Seattle startup Microsoft acquired last year. None of these services is new on their own, but bringing them together under Game Stack is designed to make it easier for developers to find and use Microsoft’s tools.

Kareem Choudhry. (Photo Via Twitter)

“Historically, our lineup of game developer tools has been varied and lived in pockets all across Microsoft,” Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft corporate vice president of gaming cloud said in a briefing ahead of the big Game Developers Conference this week. “Developers don’t really have time to go searching for tools, and we know it’s been hard to navigate and take full advantage of everything we have to offer.”

PlayFab has quickly become an important part of Microsoft’s gaming strategy. It gives developers a back-end platform to build, launch and manage games.

Microsoft said it has now brought PlayFab into the Azure organization. Today it unveiled several new PlayFab services for developers.

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Source:: GeekWire


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