The gaming industry is no game. Game companies are facing challenges in mounting game data. They are calling for customized, scalable, reliable, and agile database resolutions to deal with traffic bursts, server merges, leaderboards, game data rollback for in-game bug fixes, database connection persistency, traffic purchase optimization, and more.
Alibaba Cloud is the only Asia Pacific brand listed in Gartner's 2019 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems, Alibaba Cloud is ranked first among database management system providers in the Asia Pacific and ranked third in the world in terms of market share. Empowered by advanced cloud database technologies, Alibaba Cloud offers customized cloud database solutions to deal with specific data management challenges in every business scenario across the entire lifecycle of a game.
Challenges and Solutions
Challenges in Traffic Bursts
Game traffic is difficult to predict, especially during a new release or a major promotion. A conventional solution is to deploy as many databases as possible to cope with traffic peaks. This can result in either a waste or a shortage of database resources, and the time spent on configuration upgrades and scaling out will affect user experience.
Demanding Server Merges
After a game enters the stable operation period, game companies may merge servers to improve user experience and reduce costs. During a server merge, data integrity and accuracy must be ensured, and data inconsistency must be eliminated. In addition, the merged data must conform to the business logic.
Timely Hotfix for In-Game Bugs
Some players may exploit in-game bugs to illegitimately obtain virtual items or do other actions that seriously undermine the fairness of the games. In this case, game operators must immediately fix the bugs and rollback the affected data to the original status. Accelerating data recovery becomes a challenge.
Scalability on Database Capacity
Our solution provides you with high scalability for the ever-changing database capacity demands, ensuring a smooth user experience and cost-effective game operation. You can add read-only nodes to the database in five minutes or less and change the node configurations in fifteen minutes or less.
Reliability on Data Migration
Data migration is essential for server merges. Our solution allows you to migrate data between popular databases, such as MongoDB, MySQL, and Redis, with high reliability. You can apply throttling, 24/7 data accuracy validation, and failover. The performance of full data migration can reach 70 Mbit/s and 200,000 TPS during peak hours.
Agility for Game Data Rollbacks
Our solution brings you great agility in game development and data recovery, making game data rollback transparent to game players. You can generate a complete data snapshot every ten minutes and restore incremental data to any time within seconds.
Featured Cloud Database Architectures for Gaming
Alibaba Cloud offers Cloud Databases tailored for most critical business scenarios throughout a game’s lifecycle including development, launch, and growth for smoother online operations and superior user experience.
Customer Success Stories
See how game companies leverage Alibaba Cloud's leading database technologies to empower their business
"ApsaraDB for PolarDB provides high read/write performance and is fully compatible with MySQL. It enables seamless business migration, concurrency of over one million players, and fast business recovery when the game server restarts after software or hardware failure."
XD Inc. is a well-known gaming company and a top 100 Internet enterprise in China whose business scope covers game R&D and operation, animation, and entertainment. It builds all business systems based on Alibaba Cloud’s ApsaraDB for PolarDB solution, which provides an excellent game experience for tens of millions of mobile game players.
“Since dynamic migration became possible with DTS and SMC, services were migrated with the shortest downtime for switching DNS and checking operations.”
- Rei Yamashita Director CTO, BIGBANG Inc.
BIGBANG Inc. is the video game production company responsible for the "Sengoku Chronicles" franchise. Empowered by Alibaba Cloud, BIGBANG performed a seamless dynamic migration from the previous cloud environment, built a test environment in about 15 days, migrated their production environment in one month, and achieved a 40% reduction in cloud infrastructure operating costs.
"The performance of Alibaba Cloud's products and services went well beyond our expectations with almost no obstacles. "
- Hari Kurniawan, Indofun IT Manager
Indofun Games is the leading mobile game provider in Indonesia, which prides itself in providing entertaining games and having excellent services for its customers. Alibaba Cloud offers one of the most complete and mature cloud computing service packages for Indofun. With the computing, storage, database and network service solutions from Alibaba Cloud, Indofun can be confident that it can reach its customers throughout Indonesia.