Money Vacuum ?
Money Vacuum ? Not so much. It all goes on dev costs, 6 studios now - almost 500 people. Not really a vacuum at all.
Amazon is abandoning its Lumberyard 3D engine project before it even leaves beta, but in a way that means it could live on for years to come: it's donating it to the newly formed Open 3D Foundation for release and continued development under a permissive open-source licence. Amazon launched Lumberyard in beta five years ago as …
There was a great doc or vid about Amazon's attemps to get into the gaming market with their ill-fated MMO. Bezos or one of his underlings said that with all the clout Amazon had in the ( then emerging ) cloud market, the retail market, the marketing reach and cash the yhad there is no way they could fail to make waves in gaming circles. They hired the best devs and project managers they could find and the whole thing just fell apart.
It was classic bravado, thinking you can simply throw a load of cash and talented people together in a building and liquid gold would ooze out the door. Liquid something oozed out the project but it wasn't gold in colour!!
So, with all these 3D engines, some free to use, why can't I do my online supermarket shop in a gaming environment where I can push my trolley up and own the aisles browsing for my goods instead of horrible lists in awkward formats surrounded by "other customers also bought...", "other customers also looked at..." and "look at this totally unrelated special offer, 1p off!!!!"
Paris. because she has a questioning icon.