Amazon Launches Free Online Game to Boost AWS Cloud Skills

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Amazon today launched a paid 3D online role-playing game in which players move through a virtual city to help people solve real-world technology problems and cloud use cases, with the goal of developing skills Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud and prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

‘AWS Cloud Quest: Cloud Practitioner’ is an all-new 3D role-playing game designed by AWS to help people become AWS cloud experts by solving real-world cloud use cases in-game, as Amazon continues to invest hundreds of millions in the free cloud computing training.

AWS Cloud Quest and AWS Educate intentionally move away from passive content. We want to bring the abstract concepts of cloud computing to life through interactive, hands-on activities that immediately allow learners to turn theory into practice,” said Kevin Kelly, director of cloud professional education programs at AWS in a blog post. today. “We continue to innovate how learners can grow their cloud knowledge and practical skills, meeting them where they are and bringing knowledge to everyone by making these programs free.”

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In order to win “AWS Cloud Quest”, players must complete quests to help virtual citizens build a better city, which, in turn, will develop a real person’s cloud computing skills.

Players learn and build a cloud solution by exploring core AWS services and categories, such as storage, compute, database, and security services. Gameplay includes quizzes, videos and hands-on exercises based on real business scenarios.

The Seattle, Washington-based public cloud giant says the new 3D game is part of Amazon’s commitment to invest hundreds of millions to provide free cloud computing training to 29 million people here. 2025 in more than 200 countries and territories.

“As the world becomes increasingly digitalized, the need for people with technical knowledge has never been greater,” Kelly said. “We want to help close the technology skills gap, putting free professional training in the hands of anyone who wants to learn more about cloud computing.”

AWS says the game is ideal for early-career learners or those new to the cloud. AWS Cloud Quest is now available globally for PCs via AWS Skills Builder.

Revamped AWS Educate

AWS also launched an enhanced version of AWS Educate today, featuring new interactive content and the removal of the .edu email address requirement to make the program more accessible.

Amazon targets young people, including teens, by enabling free access to hundreds of hours of training, resources, and labs specifically designed for new cloud learners.

AWS Educate is designed for pre-professional learners not yet working in the cloud, such as college students and vocational training participants, according to Amazon. The program offers over 50 courses and 10 hands-on labs in the AWS Management Console. New features include new courses such as Cloud Computing 101, Machine Learning Foundation, Builder Labs, and AWS DeepRacer Primer.

Founded in 2015, AWS Educate has reached over one million learners worldwide. Learners can earn AWS Educate badges and prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

“Both of these offerings help individuals develop their skills and employability,” said Kelly of AWS.

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