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Hydra is an online services platform that adds a layer of engaging online features to console, PC and mobile games. Along with providing custom service development to some of the biggest games in the industry, we also offer a turnkey online services solution for mobile and independent game developers.

Hydra Studio


Providing online services and tools for iOS, Android, and Unity3D developers.

Player Stats

Player data is the core of any online experience. Not only does it provide you with great data for online player pages and business intelligence, but it powers almost every other feature in Hydra.

  • Lifetime per-player storage for any and all stats in your game
  • Profile updates are immediately reflected in leaderboards, matchmaking, and other Hydra features
  • Use profile system as a persistence layer for your own features


Your players want to know how they stack up: with Hydra, you can tell them exactly. Create as many leaderboards as you need, on any profile stat. Hydra handles the sorting and provides an endpoint for your game to retrieve your leaderboard rankings.

  • Create leaderboards for any player profile stat
  • Optional daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly expiration
  • Updates happen in real time with profile changes


From free-for-all matchups to tightly controlled pairings, Hydra supports any matchmaking style you can think up. You can specify as many or as few matchup criteria as you like, to offer your players the exact multiplayer experience they’re looking for.

  • Set up unlimited match scenarios based on any profile stat or combination
  • Players can submit matchmaking preferences from your game’s UI
  • Fixed-team matchups or open, come-and-go play supported


Create achievements on the fly based on any stat you’re tracking in Hydra. We’ll take care of the book-keeping and send a notification to your game when an achievement is reached.

  • Achievements awarded automatically at thresholds for any profile stat
  • Grant points or XP rewards with any achievement
  • Manage achievement images and metadata from Hydra dashboard


When you use Hydra to keep your game fresh with new achievements, matchmaking scenarios, and more, make sure to let your players know about it, using Hydra’s broadcast channel system.

  • Schedule start time and duration for messages as far in advance as desired
  • Unlimited separate channels available for different types of messages
  • Use message metadata to power in-game features such as time-based challenges


Our notifications tie directly into our match service, allowing players to be notified in realtime, or through native push notifications of event-related updates. Hydra allows developers to configure push notifications and display text through the dashboard.

  • Prompt players of turn-based games to make their moves
  • Send out quests or pass along player-to-player challenges
  • Hydra handles cross-platform differences in sending notifications

Global Accounts

Link all of your Hydra games under one community with our global account system! It tracks all of your users’ cross-game information (such as username and avatar), and allows sign-in using third-party authentication systems, such as Facebook, Google, Windows Live ID, and Steam.

  • Your players’ friend networks span across all your games running on Hydra
  • Leaderboards show players how they stack up against friends
  • See when friends are online using Hydra’s presence system

Async & Realtime Matches

Our match service allows you to quickly configure and integrate asynchronous and realtime multiplayer matches. It is fully integrated with our profiles, notifications, matchmaking, and friends services for full-featured multiplayer games out of the box.

  • Build an asynchronous multiplayer game like chess or Words with Friends
  • Power fast-paced, realtime games such as Call of Duty
  • Keep track of match-specific data, such as team wins or map type

Player Matching

  • Match players up with similar or complementary opponents
  • Combine any profile criteria or player-submitted matchup preferences
  • Great for quick one-step matchmaking for head-to-head games

Realtime Networking

  • Seamlessly send shared state and player actions to all match participants
  • Build open chatrooms or one-on-one player communication
  • Low latency channel supports true realtime interaction

Developer Tools

  • Export your players’ profile data in JSON for data-mining
  • Data exports are uploaded directly to your Amazon S3 account
  • Custom statistics dashboards provide a breakdown of your game’s activity


  • Your players’ friend networks span across all your games running on Hydra
  • Leaderboards show players how they stack up against friends
  • See when friends are online using Hydra’s presence system


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Hydra Pro

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Hydra Pro is a customizable online services solution for games that makes it easy for you, the developer, to add engaging features to your games, mobile apps, and websites.

Every Platform

Supports consoles, PC, websites, mobile, and next-gen

Your players expect their game data to be accessible on every device! Our Hydra Pro SDK and REST API make it possible to access, update, retrieve, and delete information on most platforms!

Need additional platforms that Hydra Pro doesn’t currently support? Just give us a call!


View and update player data on every platform

Player data is the core of any online experience. Not only does it provide you with great data for online player pages and business intelligence, but it powers almost every other feature in Hydra.

We believe in providing more depth to your game with minimal effort from your development team.

Meta Games

Keep your players engaged beyond release

Meta games are a great way to extend the life of any great game. Since it already tracks all of your stats, Hydra Pro makes it really easy to build an additional layer of gameplay on top of your existing player data.

Want a persistent battle where players can contribute through gameplay, tournaments, challenges or clan activity? Done!

User-Generated Content

Store player photos, videos, game saves, and more

Your users are always generating content when they’re playing your game, whether it’s data, game saves, screenshots or videos. Our UGC service allows you to capture and share that data between users, on websites, in mobile apps, and on social networks.


Engage players with tournaments, challenges, and leaderboards

Whether playing against the world or just their friends, your players love to compete! Hydra Pro makes it easy for you to present them with tournaments, challenges, and leaderboards that can be updated with new content well after the game’s release.

Match History

Track and display player game match history

Keep track of all of your players’ matches with Hydra Pro. This data can power realtime heatmaps, player performance tuning and even data-mining for development and post-release purposes.

Once this data is captured, it can be used to power in-game and web features, as well as other Hydra Pro services. For example, our individual and clan tournament system can be updated based entirely off of match data that you’re already tracking.

Companion Apps

Keep your players engaged everywhere with companion apps

Hydra makes it possible to share data easily between consoles, mobile devices, and websites. Whether you want to release an unlockable game prior to launch, or push out an app that allows users to join Xbox 360 tournaments from their phone, we have the tools you need!

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