Sony Acquires Gaikai, a Cloud Gaming Service

On June 30, Sony announced its official acquisition of Gaikai, a cloud gaming firm, for $380 million. Sony hopes to use this purchase to expand its company and establish its own cloud service.

Andrew House, President of Sony Computer Entertainment, made the following statement:

“By combining Gaikai’s resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE’s extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences. SCE will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices.”

Gaikai CEO David Perry had this to say:

“SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide. We’re honored to be able to help SCE rapidly harness the power of the interactive cloud and to continue to grow their ecosystem, to empower developers with new capabilities, to dramatically improve the reach of exciting content and to bring breathtaking new experiences to users worldwide.”

With platforms such as Steam, Origin, and Amazon becoming increasingly popular, and with EA’s recent announcement about going digital, such a move by Sony to establish its own cloud gaming service is definitely the way to go.