Amazon has posted job listings seeking game developers with experience making big budget triple-A video games, leading to further speculation that the bookseller is developing its own dedicated game console.
That speculation was originally sparked in August 2013, when anonymous sources said that Amazon was prepping an Android-based Ouya rival.
The longer Ouya continues to flounder, the less and less appealing that sounds, but that may not be enough to stop Amazon, which opened its gaming division Amazon Game Studio in 2012.
The job listings, which have appeared on LinkedIn and on Amazon’s own site, call for a senior graphics developers and a creative director for game development.
Not another Air Patriots
Both positions require seven or more years of game development experience, and Amazon posted that it prefers candidates who have experience with triple-A games.
For the graphics developer Amazon prefers iOS and Android game development experience as well, but that requirement was left off of the other listing.
These clues on their own don’t point toward anything with certainty, but it would definitely be strange if Amazon is seeking veteran game developers with seven years of big budget experience so that it could put them to work on casual Kindle Fire games or Air Patriots 2.
Trust your Killer Instincts
The other major piece of this puzzle is Amazon’s acquisition of Double Helix, the studio behind Microsoft’s recent revival of the Killer Instinct fighting game franchise for its Xbox One console, in early February.
That combined with the job listings is what leads us to believe that Amazon may be hoarding as many experienced game developers as it can.
"Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers," the bookseller told TechRadar at the time.
Indeed, the company is clearly very committed to games, but exactly how committed remains to be seen.
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