Amazon’s New Game Engine Has A Zombie Contract Clause

This is quite an unusual piece of news to find, especially when its related to legal things. Amazon have recently launched a brand new game engine based on the Cry Engine, called Lumberyard. Well the engine is available now for download absolutely free. Like all products there is a terms of service that needs to be agreed to when the user downloads the product. Well it turns out that these massively bloated documents are actually read by people! Who would have thought people would be interested in knowing what legal bindings they are entering?! Anyway turns out this TOS has an easter egg hidden in it!

Deep within the terms of service document is this little gem.

Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. 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. 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.

So the start of this seems pretty standard. They don’t want people using this engine to do something that could potentially kill someone if the engine, service or anything else that Amazon own as part of this engine. In short, only use this product for entertainment purposes. The zombie clause afterwards is not something you would expect to find too often in a contract.

Its a pretty cool easter egg, but definitely not interesting enough for me to go back and start reading these massive documents from other services.

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