You don't need to own Downton Abbey to realize the importance of a good server. These days, every mobile game, from the most casual puzzler to real-time hard-core battler, needs brawn and brains in the cloud.
Today I gave a talk at GDC that looked at some of the top Backend as Service providers out there such as SmartFox, Photon, GameSparks, PlayFab, and Unity Multiplayer and provide a no B.S., jargon-free overview making it clear who would want to use what and when. He will also discuss why building your own set of game services is sometimes a superior option.
You'll walk away understanding why having a game server is necessary, the best options out there for quickly spinning up game services, and a clear idea of the various trade-offs between renting and building your own stuff. In short, this talk will help you cover your BaaS!