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10/02/2016 16:37 GMT | Updated 10/02/2016 16:59 GMT

Amazon Has Included A Zombie Apocalypse Clause For New T&Cs

Amazon's first ever video game software has an incredible easter egg hidden within its terms & conditions which states that in the event of a zombie apocalypse the company will open the software up for any use.

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It's free to use by anyone however Amazon does have some restrictions, most notably that the software can't be used for safety critical systems - so to create a program for hospitals or the military.

However, Amazon has included an incredible clause that allows that restriction to be lifted:

"However, 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."

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That's right, if the dead start walking again then you're free to use Amazon's game engine however you please, which pretty much makes sense as it'll be the end of the world, and indeed Amazon, anyway.

Sadly we can't see any such apocalypse clause in Amazon's regular T&Cs suggesting that the company's video game division are having a lot more fun, well in the legal department at least.

Called Lumberyard, the software is a bespoke game engine which Amazon says developers can use to create AAA quality games for mobile, PC and even for next-generation consoles like the Xbox One and PS4.

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This is the first time Amazon has broached out into the arena of actually making video games and while some might question why it's doing it for free there's a very clever catch.

The new game engine has unparalleled support for the video game streaming website Twitch (Amazon owns Twitch) and comes with bespoke support for Amazon Web Services which would support the game's cloud services.

That first point gives Twitch a huge audience monopoly on any video games made using the engine while the second point means that while developers don't have to use AWS, they can and it'll cost them.