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Azure PlayFab Multiplayer Services

Cross-network identity, multi-player online game servers and accessible party chat to help grow your live games

Build faster and launch more rewarding games

Remove the challenges of building, managing and running servers at scale with a complete backend solution. Help players build communities with flexible and secure low-latency chat and data comms technology. Use multiple forms of built-in authentication to track players across devices. Quickly create leaderboards to engage players more deeply.

Multi-player servers

Dynamically scale dedicated multi-player gaming servers to fulfil player demand.

Party networking and chat

Help players build relationships and communities.

Cross-network identity and data

Meet players on the platforms they use.

Leaderboards and statistics

Drive more engagement in your game by tracking, comparing and rewarding player success.

Dedicated gaming servers

PlayFab server infrastructure is optimised to deliver low-latency, high-reliability, real-time multi-player gameplay.

Grow with the proven scale of Xbox and Azure

Get closer to players in the cloud with more global regions than any other provider.

Reduce downtime and save costs

Dynamically scale from 100 players to 10,000,000 and more while only paying for the Azure resources you use.

Interoperable multi-player infrastructure

Enable secure and authenticated cross-network and cross-platform multi-player experiences.

Trusted by studios of all sizes

PlayFab Party powers communications for blockbuster titles such as Halo, Gears of War, Doom Eternal and Sea of Thieves.

Deeper engagement

Drive interactive experiences with PlayFab Party’s seamless player-to-player communication, including flexible and secure low-latency chat and data comms technology powered by Azure Cognitive Services.

Free when used on Xbox network

PlayFab Party is available at no cost when used by an Xbox-network-authenticated player.

Player data management

Share player information and game state across devices.

Player authentication

Start with frictionless authentication, and let players link accounts to roam across Xbox, PSN, Nintendo and beyond.

Tournaments and leader boards

Facilitate recurring or limited-time competitions among friends or strangers.

Prizes

Reward players based on their actions and leaderboard ranks.

Scheduling

Reset leaderboards on a schedule and archive standings so that players can view past results.

Cheat prevention

Defend against dishonest behaviour.

Make matches more fun

Analyse data and optimise rules so that matches continue to adapt and improve with every play.

High-octane matchmaking

Give players at all levels faster, higher-quality matches for more exciting and rewarding play.

Seamless multi-player server integration

Automatically create a game server for matches and run builds configured in the queue.

Try PlayFab for free and only pay when you’re ready

PlayFab is free to start and offers flexible plans for growth, including free service while in development until you reach 10,000 players.

PlayFab Multiplayer Services resources and documentation

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Trusted by companies of all sizes

Minecraft Realms

The Minecraft team’s migration of compute and storage from AWS to Azure was a massive undertaking assisted by the robust Azure toolset. The migration was completed with minimal disruption to users and was invisible to most players.

Minecraft

PlayEveryWare

Setting up an automated build process for console video game development can pose quite a challenge. Learn how to build arbitrary video game projects in Azure from Seth Denner of PlayEveryWare.

Play Every Ware

Rainbow Six Siege

With PlayFab, Ubisoft has the elastic scalability to deliver heart-pumping play to three million players a day engaged in hundreds of thousands of concurrent games.

Ubisoft

Project xCloud

Project xCloud is solving remote access challenges with a PC app experience that helps developers remotely connect to their Xbox Development Kits, allowing them to test, play and iterate as if they were in the office.

Xbox

Frequently asked questions about PlayFab

  • Visit the PlayFab pricing overview page to learn how PlayFab pricing works, including definitions of consumption-based pricing meters.
  • If you’re a new customer, start for free in development mode, which lets you connect titles currently in development to PlayFab without running up the bill.

    When you’re ready to move to live mode, learn about PlayFab pricing and view the billing summary page to preview your titles’ usage amounts. For more information about the PlayFab consumption-based billing model, read the best practices guide.

  • PlayFab titles are in one of two states – development mode and live mode. PlayFab is free to try in development mode, which lets you connect a title currently in development without running up the bill.

    A title in development mode can have only up to 100,000 users. A single account can have up to 10 titles in development mode.

    Read more about development mode.

  • All customers get access to PlayFab web forums, documentation and tutorials. In addition, you can join the active PlayFab community in Discord, where developers share their experiences and knowledge with one another. Customers on a paid plan and at the Enterprise level get access to dedicated support, including the ability to submit tickets. Learn more about technical support.

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