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Observability Into Game Server Deployment and Performance Through Instrumentation (Presented by

Liz Fong-Jones  (Principal Developer Advocate,

Michael Simo  (Platform Engineer,

Kent Quirk  (Lead Engineer,

Date: Wednesday, July 21

Time: 1:20pm - 1:50pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Sponsored Session

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Honeycomb can help you understand how unfamiliar systems actually behave, regardless of what you know about them upfront. Liz and Michael will share their observability insights on game server architecture, covering how to increase developer velocity and improve player experience by implementing open-source instrumentation SDKs and collection agents. We will explore the Honeycomb Kubernetes agent, a frontend service, a backend API, as well as the CI/CD deployment process used to deploy and manage the various components. This will allow us to ask questions about the systems behavior in the game server platform context. You'll learn how to instrument software and infrastructure with Honeycomb collectors and about patterns that help you address and triage issues with applications that run various workloads. Our mission at Honeycomb is to eliminate toil and delight users. We hope that this session will help make games more fun to make and create experiences that surprise and delight players.


Seeing a practical dedicated game server (and associated services) use-case and being able to learn how to observe each component of the architecture using open-source instrumentation. Being provided the information to diagnose issues in a production gameserver environment.

Intended Audience

Technical contributors and engineers at game developments studios, from server engineers to system architects. Ops-minded developers that are curious about observability through the technical stack, from game server performance, deployment times, latency diagnosis and seeing how services interact with each other.