Amazon might be looking to bring Windows games to Luna

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  • Microsoft and Amazon are planning more great things.
  • Apparently, Amazon is hiring some new important staff.
  • The main goal here is to bring Windows games to Luna.
  • Candidates need to have experience with Valve’s DXVK.
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It seems like the love affair between Amazon and the Redmond-based tech giant intensifies and it looks like a lot more is still to come from this partnership.

After helping bring native Android apps to Windows, Amazon is looking for some engineers who are familiar with DXVK, Wine (Proton), and Mesa, to undergo a new project.

By the way, these are the same technologies used to enable Windows games compatibility on Valve’s latest gadget.

Amazon is hiring the necessary people to make this happen

Amazon is apparently hiring Linux gaming engineers that have prior experience with Valve’s DXVK and Proton tech, as well as with the Mesa open-source graphics drivers, and Vulkan.

Obviously, the goal here is for the installation of Windows games on Linux to be a mere formality, while at the same time offering a compatibility sandbox for each game.

This has its own benefits because a new OS or library update could not render an older, no longer supported game, incompatible.

It makes it easy to see why Amazon would like to harness these resources, considering that Valve’s Proton is a tool that enables Windows applications to run on Linux through a collection of reverse-engineered libraries.

Also, this would allow it to sandbox games in an AWS data center, as a result allowing Amazon to offer existing titles without having to commission Luna-specific ports.

This clearly shows Amazon’s intention to get their hands on some candidates with multi-year experience, that had done some serious work with graphics/GPU programming previously.

This is excellent news for Luna users because this step automatically means a dramatic increase in the choice of games they will have.

If Amazon invests in Proton, and its potential new team provides patches upstream to these open-source projects, it could mean a lot for Valve who would see an acceleration in-game compatibility with Steam Deck and SteamOS.

We’ll just have to monitor this story and see what new details surface in the future. Are you excited about this new idea from Amazon and Microsoft?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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