Amazon enters game development, releases Living Classics

Amazon is the next web giant to jump into the world of social games. The popular internet retailer has unveiled Amazon Game Studios, and "Living Classics," the company's first game.

"Amazon Game Studios is exactly what it sounds like: a new team at Amazon that's focused on creating innovative, fun and well-crafted games," the announcement reads. The company claims that it's creating social games because "we know that many Amazon customers enjoy playing games... and thanks to Amazon's know-how, we believe we can deliver a great, accessible gaming experience."

That's not an entirely original mission statement, but at least it will result in a few more jobs being created. Amazon's announcement (via Joystiq) notes that they are hiring.

Living Classics is a typical "moving object game," set in various fairy tale worlds, including Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and King Arthur. You can play it on Facebook.