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  SlingShot Cartel Announce First Title, ‘The DRG Initiative’ Bringing Broadcasters into the Arena Using Amazon Lumberyard
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

9th February 2017 - Leamington Spa, UKSlingShot Cartel today announced their first title: T he DRG Initiative. Built using the Amazon Lumberyard engine, The DRG Initiative is a 3rd person, team-based shooter set in the far future, with factions fighting for control on a hostile planet Earth.

Created for esports, The DRG Initiative uses Amazon Lumberyard to add a unique twist to the genre by making broadcasters and Twitch viewers an integral part of the game, with features designed and built specifically for them to play a crucial role in influencing the outcome of battles.

Amazon Lumberyard is a free AAA, cross-platform, 3D game engine that helps developers to bring their most ambitious projects to life by unlocking the power of the AWS Cloud and Twitch.

“As a small team, using Lumberyard along with the support of Amazon, has allowed us to move ahead faster and more smoothly than I have ever done in 20 years of making games.” Said Jamie Jackson, CEO/Creative Director of SlingShot Cartel. “In building an esport, Twitch and back-end cloud support are key. Lumberyard‘s ground-breaking technology has allowed us to realize our vision for viewer and broadcaster participation in an incredibly short space of time, creating a unique and exciting experience for broadcasters and making them an integral part of The DRG Initiative.”

The DRG Initiative will be unveiled at GDC 2017 in the Amazon Lumberyard booth and will be broadcast on Twitch

“We’re inspired by the big ideas that independent developers like Slingshot Cartel are creating with Amazon Lumberyard, AWS, and Twitch,” said Eric Schenk, General Manager of Amazon Lumberyard. “The Amazon Lumberyard team wants to help all developers, regardless of their size, not only build great games, but also create experiences that can connect fans around the world.”

For more information about SlingShot Cartel visit:

Twitter: @slingshotcartel


To get started with Amazon Lumberyard, visit:

Media Inquiries:

Alison Beasley, Lincoln Beasley PR.

E: [email protected] M: +44 (0) 7966 449130

About SlingShot Cartel

SlingShot Cartel works differently. Starting with a small creative team, who focus on the game design, story, look and style as its only priority to build the foundations for incredible gaming experiences.  Leveraging our combined 60 years of experience and Associates to collaborate with the right developers for the job, bring in finance for the product through our investor networks and direct the entire production to launch and beyond.

SlingShot Cartel is brought to you by the founders of FreeStyleGames, the award-winning studio famed for its music games including Guitar Hero Live.