Manage your game hosting costs - Amazon GameLift
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Manage your game hosting costs

Your Amazon bill reflects your game hosting costs. You can view estimated charges for the current month, and final charges for previous months on the Billing console at For more information about tools and resources to help you manage your Amazon costs, see the Amazon Billing User Guide. This guide can help you review your resource consumption, establish future usage, and determine your scaling needs.

In particular, consider these tips to help you manage the cost of Amazon GameLift services.

Create billing alerts to monitor usage

Set up an Amazon Free Tier usage alert to notify you when your usage is nearing or exceeding the Free Tier limits for Amazon GameLift and other Amazon Web Services. You can configure the alerts to take action based on your usage levels. For example, you can automatically set your budget to zero when your reach a Free Tier limit.

You can also set Amazon CloudWatch billing alerts to get notifications when usage hits custom thresholds.

For more information, see these topics in the Amazon Billing User Guide:

Track costs per Amazon GameLift fleet

Use Amazon cost allocation tags to organize and track your game hosting costs based on Amazon GameLift Amazon EC2 fleets and other EC2 resources. By tagging your fleets, either individually or by groups, you can create cost allocation reports that categorize costs based on the assigned tag. You can use this type of report to identify how fleets are contributing to your hosting costs. You can also use tags to filter views in Amazon Cost Explorer.

For more information, see these topics:

Set unused fleet capacity to zero

Fleets can continue to incur costs even when they're not in use hosting game sessions. To avoid incurring unnecessary charges, scale your fleet down to zero when not in use. If you use auto scaling, suspend this activity and manually set the fleet capacity.