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Azure PlayFab Multiplayer Services

Cross-network identity, multiplayer 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 back-end 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.

Multiplayer servers

Dynamically scale dedicated multiplayer gaming servers to fulfill 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 optimized to deliver low-latency, high-reliability real-time multiplayer 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 paying only for the Azure resources you use.

Learn more about multiplayer gaming servers

Interoperable multiplayer infrastructure

Enable secure and authenticated cross-network and cross-platform multiplayer experiences.

Trusted by studios of all sizes

PlayFab Party powers communications for blockbuster titles like 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.

Learn more about PlayFab Party

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.

Learn more about player authentication

Tournaments and leaderboards

Prizes

Reward players based on their actions and leaderboard ranks.

Scheduling

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

Cheat prevention

Defend against dishonest behavior.

Learn more about leaderboards

Make matches more fun

Analyze data and optimize rules so 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 multiplayer server integration

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

Learn more about matchmaking

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Get started with an Azure free account

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Start free. Get USD 200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 55+ other services that are always free.

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After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.

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After 12 months, you'll keep getting 55+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.

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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.

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With PlayFab, Ubisoft has the elastic scalability to deliver heart-pumping play to 3 million players a day engaged in hundreds of thousands of concurrent games.

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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.

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PlayFab Multiplayer Services resources and documentation

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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 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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