Amazon’s cloud SLA has a Zombie Apocalypse opt-out

AWS released a new gaming service, but the SLA for it got all the attention

Amazon cloud Lumberyard Zombie
Credit: Daniel Hollister

Last week Amazon Web Services launched yet another new feature for its IaaS public cloud – a hosting service for 3D games named Lumberyard.

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While the service represents one of the most advanced cloud-based gaming platforms in the market, what really caught people’s attention was a clause in Lumberyard’s Service Terms agreement.

Passage 57.10 starts off like many other Service Level Agreements (SLAs) noting that Lumberyard is not designed to be used for life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as in medical equipment, in nuclear facilities or the military. It goes on…

However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.

That’s right: If a Zombie Apocalypse comes to be, then all bets are off.

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