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Cloud-gaming services such as Google’s Stadia and NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW could be getting some serious competition from Amazon, which has been working on its own platform dubbed “Project Tempo.” It isn’t clear when they should start sweating, however, as the New York Times has learned that it may not debut until 2021 due to COVID-19.

While the article doesn’t have any specifics to share regarding Project Tempo, it does provide a bit of detail about Amazon’s overall gaming ambitions, which are huge: the e-tail giant is reportedly “investing hundreds of millions of dollars” to tackle the video game market. Its first test will be the reception to Crucible – a science-fiction shooter that’s supposed to come out in May – as well New World, an MMO that takes place in an alternate 17th century. Amazon is working on a Lord of the Rings MMO, too, but that could be years away from release.

“The big picture is about trying to take the best of Amazon and bringing it to games,” said Mike Frazzini, Amazon’s vice president for game services and studios. “We have been working for a while, but it takes a long time to make games, and we’re bringing a lot of Amazon practices to making games.”

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