Building Dread Hunger: Scaling, Securing, and Sustaining Game Backend Infrastructure with AWS"

Date: Friday 1st September

Time: 11:10am

In this keynote presentation, we traverse the journey of the highly successful game, Dread Hunger, developed by New Zealand’s Digital Confectioners, with a special focus on its backend infrastructure. We provide an in-depth look at how the developers strategically leveraged their resources and expertise to build a captivating gaming experience, notably successful in the West and China. Furthermore, we examine the vital role of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in supporting Dread Hunger’s rapid growth, handling a surge from thousands to a peak of over 100,000 concurrent users while ensuring optimal performance.

In the evolving digital landscape, cyber threats are a constant concern. We elaborate on how Digital Confectioners safeguarded Dread Hunger’s infrastructure against numerous cyber-attacks daily using AWS, with one day experiencing more than 1000 separate attacks, some of them surpassing 100Gb/s. By sharing real-world examples, we explore the various mechanisms AWS offers to bolster cyber defences. The talk concludes with a Q&A session, encouraging attendees to participate in a discussion about Dread Hunger’s journey and the intricacies of backend infrastructure in the gaming industry. Whether you’re an upcoming indie developer or a part of a leading gaming studio, this presentation provides vital insights into creating a robust, secure, and scalable backend for your next big game.