Welcome to ID@Azure

Accelerate your game development in the cloud with the ID@Azure program.

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ID@Azure empowers independent studios and startup game developers to take full advantage of the cloud to build and grow their games. By joining the program you get free access to developer tools and support from industry experts.

ID@Azure empowers independent studios and startup game developers to take full advantage of the cloud to build and grow their games. By joining the program you get free access to developer tools and support from industry experts.

Develop Faster

Free services to help you validate the technology and start building sooner

  • Up to $5,000 in Azure credits
  • Free Azure PlayFab Standard Plan for up to 2 years
  • Free multiplayer services including PlayFab Party Networking, Voice, & Chat, PlayFab Matchmaking, and PlayFab Lobby (up to included limits)

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Curated educational resources for all levels of cloud experience

  • Example solutions, architectures and use cases
  • Case studies from other game developers
  • Code samples from GitHub​
  • Self-paced training modules

Support along the Journey

Support and expertise direct from Microsoft's cloud + gaming experts

  • Top-tier support from Azure Rapid Response
  • Ticketed PlayFab support
  • Exclusive Office Hours + Expert Sessions

Why Cloud?

Microsoft created ID@Azure because we see the huge benefits that cloud brings to the games industry, and our goal is to extend those benefits to smaller studios and the independent developer community. The net result should be a significant gain in flexibility and scalability, reducing costs, speeding up development, and improving players’ experience.​

Why Azure?

Microsoft is uniquely positioned to understand the challenges facing game creators today. With our first-party studios, we build, iterate, and test games every day on our global platform to make Azure better while also listening to the needs of our creator community to see what we can improve.

Inspired by ID@Xbox

ID@Azure was created using the same philosophy as ID@Xbox. Our focus is on how to empower and enable developers with aspirations to use cloud gaming services - regardless of the platforms you are developing for. We want you to be successful, because we know that working with cloud opens a lot of possibilities for the development of your game.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • ID@Azure is a new program designed to empower you to take full advantage of game services in the cloud to accelerate development and drive engagement of your titles. This is an opportunity to surround yourself with resources and support designed to help you implement game production in the cloud, multiplayer services, LiveOps, analytics, game economies, and much more.
  • Anyone developing games is welcome to apply to ID@Azure. ID@Azure is platform, engine, and business model agnostic.
    • ID@Azure benefits available to program members include:
      • Up to $5,000 in Azure credits. You will start with $500 in credits with the opportunity to receive access to more in the future as you continue working with us in the program.
      • Azure PlayFab Standard Plan ($99/month value)
      • Extended service limits for PlayFab Party Networking & Voice (500M Party Connectivity Minutes; 25M Party Voice Minutes; 500TB Party Egress; Overage will be billed at a 30% discount from listed Party rates)
      • Extended service limits for PlayFab Matchmaking & Lobby (1B Matchmaking API Calls, 2B Lobby API Calls, 1.2B Messages; Overage will be billed at a 30% discount from listed rates)
      • Top-tier support resources including Azure Rapid Response, weekly Office Hours and exclusive Expert Sessions.
      • PlayFab ticketed support with responses within 1 business day. Use support tickets to report a bug, to understand how to use a particular PlayFab feature, or to request help with a technical program.
      • Curated educational and support content including blogs, documentation, articles, training, and videos in the ID@Azure Education Portal.
  • Product GroupFeature/ Meter FREE LIMIT per month
    Party Connectivity 500M Minutes of compute
    Party Voice 25M Minutes of voice
    Party Egress (Zone 1) 500 Terabytes*
    Matchmaking & Lobby Matchmaking API calls 1B Matchmaking API calls
    Matchmaking & Lobby Lobby API calls 2B Lobby API calls
    Matchmaking & Lobby Messages** 1.2B Messages
    *Note: Represents a mix of Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3 volumns. Zone 1 = 85%, Zone 2 = 13%, Zone 3 = 2%
    **1M messages = 2GB outbound traffic
  • Azure credits are valid for 2 years from the date your Azure credits are issued.