Walmart's unannounced "Project Storm" cloud gaming service surfaced in Epic vs. Apple trial

Last updated on May 11, 2021

Posted on May 4, 2021

It looks like the retail giant, Walmart, could be entering the cloud gaming market soon, according to sources from The Verge.

Codenamed 'Project Storm,' this cloud gaming service surfaced during the Epic v. Apple trial that is currently going on. This service, which Walmart has pitched to many services, including Epic Games, seems to be based on the LiquidSky acquisition back in 2018.

LiquidSky was a cloud streaming service that launched back in 2017 and was powered by IBM's Cloud Servers and NVIDIA GPUs. It has since been shut down after Walmart acquired the company and its services.

The service, which appeared to be being worked on in 2019, was said to have an "open ecosystem" that would allow players to stream in the cloud or download and play the games locally.

How 'Project Storm' was being built, tech-wise | Image Credits: The Verge

Epic Games was one of many publishers that Walmart pitched their Cloud Gaming service to, hoping to get Fortnite onboard. Reports telling The Verge that some publishers and developers have already signed agreements with Walmart for their unannounced cloud gaming service, but the service has been put on hold due to the pandemic.

So, we may see this 'Project Storm' in the future, or we may not. With Epic Games announcing a partnership with GeForce Now to bring Fortnite to the cloud, if it does launch, it may not have as strong of a launch as if it would have back in 2019.


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