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Build and launch your game in the cloud with your Azure free account

Get started with 12 months of free services

What do I get?

With your Azure free account, you get all of this – and you won’t be charged until you choose to upgrade.

12 months

of popular free services

+

$200 credit

to explore Azure for 30 days

$200 credit

to explore Azure for 30 days

+

Always free

25+ services

What can I do with my free account?

Here are just a few ideas of all you can do with Azure

Scale on demand

Run 20 million event-driven serverless game functions that take less than 5 seconds to execute on 128 MB of memory or less. Store up to 100 GB of game data with seven days of backup retention.

Create immersive experiences

Transfer 250 GB in general large file delivery such as map packs, downloadable content, and game updates to each of the five main Microsoft content delivery network regions.

Engage your player base

Send 11 million push notifications to 10 million active devices.

Four more Azure services, now free for 12 months

Plus, now get Azure Logic Apps free, always.

Azure Database for PostgreSQL
Azure Database for MySQL
Azure Key Vault
Azure Media Services

Which products are free for 12 months?

These products are free for 12 months, up to the monthly limits. Availability is based on resource and region.

Linux Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S Standard tier

Windows Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S Standard tier

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB x 2

P6 solid-state drives (SSD)

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

locally redundant storage (LRS) hot block

File Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS file storage

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Azure Database for PostgreSQL NEW

DATABASES

750 hours

of Flexible Server Preview – Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage and 32 GB backup storage

Azure Database for MySQL NEW

DATABASES

750 hours

of Flexible Server Preview – Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage and 32 GB backup storage

Key Vault NEW

SECURITY

10,000 transactions

RSA 2048-bit keys or secret operations, Standard tier

Media Services – Encoding NEW

MEDIA

20 output minutes

Standard encoder video or audio source file encoding

VPN Gateway

NETWORKING

750 hours

VpnGw1 gateway type

Load Balancer

NETWORKING

750 hours, 15 GB data processing, 5 rules

Standard Load Balancer

Which products are always free?

These products are always free, up to the specified amounts. Availability is based on resource and region.

Azure Advisor

MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE

Unlimited

Azure App Service

COMPUTE

10

web, mobile or API apps with 1 GB storage

Azure Automation

MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE

500 minutes

of job runtime

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

COMPUTE

Free

Azure Logic Apps NEW

INTEGRATION

4,000

built-in actions with the Consumption plan.

Azure Batch

COMPUTE

Free

What else do I need to know?

Do I pay anything to start with the Azure free account?

No. Starting is free, plus you get a $200 credit which you can spend during the first 30 days.

What happens once I’ve used my $200 free credit or I’m at the end of 30 days?

We’ll notify you so you can decide if you want to upgrade to pay-as-you-go pricing and remove the spending limit. If you do, you’ll have access to free products. If you don’t, your account and products will be disabled, and you’ll need to upgrade to resume usage.

What happens at the end of the 12 months of free products?

For 12 months after you upgrade your account, certain amounts of a number of products are free. After 12 months, you’ll be billed at the standard pay-as-you-go rates.

What do I need to sign up for a free account?

All you need is a phone number, a credit card, and a GitHub account or Microsoft account username (formerly Windows Live ID).

*Depending on the country in which you sign up for your Azure free account, you may receive this credit in a specified local currency.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Get personalised guidance and answers to questions that you might have whether you’re evaluating the cloud, starting your first project or migrating to Azure.

Ready when you are – let’s set up your free account