Zombie apocalypse would end Amazon Web Service terms of service restriction


If the zombie apocalypse were to happen, a game and simulator development tool provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) can be used in combat. However, you will need to read the fine print, the terms still apply.

AWS recently updated the Terms of Service for its suite of global cloud-based products and services, including Lumberyard, a free, cross-platform 3D game engine for developing and delivering video games. The latest version of the Terms of Service has retained a clause in place since its launch in 2016 who could help humanity in its fight against the undead.

A certified zombie apocolypse

Whenever you sign up for a service or install new software, you are expected to read all of the terms of the Terms of Service. AWS Terms of Service do not permit the use of Lumberyard Materials” with life or safety critical systems, such as use in the operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in the context of real combat. Developers can use the tool to create games and simulations which then run on AWS cloud servers.

However, should we “a widespread viral infection transmitted by bites or contact with bodily fluids” causes an army of the living dead walking the streets with a healthy appetite for “living human flesh, blood, brain, or nerve tissue” happens, Clause 42.10 may come into effect. But, first, you’ll want to make sure the CDC or its successor, if the zombies have already passed it, certified the event and it “is likely to bring about the downfall of organized civilization”.

Pray that AWS servers don’t go down

Just one more hiccup in the terms of use. Operating Restrictions Clause 42.4 states that you will need to obtain “prior written consent” if you want to run Lumberyard Materials on another web service. So in the event that the AWS servers go down, hopefully the good folks at AWS haven’t been devoured or converted themselves if you need to get their permission. You wouldn’t want to bump into their legal department, who surely had a good laugh while writing the terms of service with the marketing department.


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