Amazon’s New Game Engine Has A Zombie Clause
Amazon’s new game engine Lumberyard has been making waves recently, as it’s free for people to use and represents a giant step into an unfamiliar market for the online retail giant. However, it’s always worth reading the terms and conditions for these things, as it turns out there are certain uses for which Lumberyard is not intended. Military combat systems, medical equipment, spacecraft, stuff like that.
Clause 57.10 states: “Your use of the Lumberyard Materials must comply with the AWS Acceptable Use Policy. The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat.”
But if you read on, it turns out that there’s a waiver to this clause – and it relates to zombies.
“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.”
The actual terms and conditions are here, if you want to check that we’re not making this up.