You’d need a zombie apocalypse to elude Amazon’s terms and conditions

Zombie Attack

Yesterday, Amazon announced a new tool for developers – a game engine called Lumberyard.

It’s totally free, too.

(‘-’ ) ( ._.) (Well, except that if you want web services, can only buy them from Amazon)

According to clause 57.10 of the AWS terms and conditions, developers aren’t allowed to use Lumberyard in a couple of situations: “life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat”.

Here’s where it gets interesting.

The ban will be lifted, if the CDC (Center for Disease Control) declares that there’s a Zombie Apocalypse.

57.10 Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. Your use of the Lumberyard Materials must comply with the AWS Acceptable Use Policy. The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat. 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.

Amazon is not the first to have clauses hidden in their T&Cs, but this is the first we’ve seen, that makes provision for the world getting overrun by a horde of flesh-eating zombies.