Amazon’s new TOS has a zombie attack clause

Amazon gaming platform Zombie clause in TOS

Amazon’s new game developers software, Lumberyard, has some very specific terms of service stipulations.

Under no circumstances are programmers supposed to use the tools provided for “life-critical or safety-critical systems” — except in the event of the zombie apocalypse.

The company’s TOS starts out with some serious warnings. For example, developers should not use the code for use in medical equipment, driverless cars, airplanes, air traffic control, or nuclear facilities operations.

Then in a moment of fun, the company says Lumberyard materials shouldn’t be used for manned spacecraft or for military use in connection with live combat — unless the world starts to fall apart from a Zombie apocalypse.

“This restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization,” Amazon says in its terms of service.

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Lumberyard was released on Monday as a free game engine that is integrated with Amazon’s cloud services and its live video game streaming service, Twitch.

Lumberyard allows developers to utilize the company’s vast computer power and storage systems that are available at its world-renowned data centers.

Written by Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose

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