Studio Alpha, the Microsoft division that seeks to apply video game technology to military decision-making

In the past two years, Microsoft has acquired a large number of game development studios. Only last September, with the acquisition of the ZeniMax Media group, it added eight new studios to its portfolio, developers of successful games / sagas such as Wolfenstein, Dishonored, Fallout, Doom, Skyrim, etc.

Of course, these acquisitions are linked to Microsoft's strategy to strengthen the 'Xbox ecosystem' and so as not to lose ground in a booming industry such as the video game.

But there is much more behind this acquisition policy, something with which Microsoft aims to succeed in less playful markets.

Microsoft has already signed a million dollar contract with the US Marines.

We talk about Studio Alpha, Microsoft's 'serious games' initiative with which they intend to give service to clients such as the United States Department of Defense. And by 'serious games' (we're using terminology from Microsoft's own job postings here) we mean

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"To provide tools to organizations to face complex big data problems on a planetary scale, using simulations and artificial intelligence executed in the cloud and visualized by video game technology.

If during the Cold War the American industry starred in the massive application of military technological innovations to the everyday environment, now Silicon Valley could be going the other way, using everyday technologies as a basis for decision-making in political, military and economic spheres.

Azure, the same cloud that supports the Project xCloud video game streaming platform, thus becomes the basis for Microsoft's 'wargaming' technology. And it is also not strange to imagine Flight Simulator developers creating realistic simulation systems of military operations.

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In fact, Microsoft already signed a contract with the Marine Corps a few months ago to participate in the development of your new 'wargaming' center, an initiative with which this branch of the US military trusts in being able

"Extract data to help us determine more quickly what capabilities we will need in future struggles."

Via | ZDnet