Sony and Gaikai, officially together. Who's happy?
Today, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has announced that it entered into a "definitive agreement" to acquire Gaikai, Inc., the world's leading cloud-based gaming company for $380 million.
As a result, SCE will create a new cloud service, "ensuring that it continues to provide users with truly innovative and immersive interactive entertainment experiences." Gaikai came into existence in 2008 and since then has become the fastest interactive cloud-streaming platform on the planet; it lets users stream games to various devices, and SCE plans to take "full advantage" of Gaikai's capabilities. Said SCE President and Group CEO Andrew House:
"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 Inc. CEO David Perry added that they're "honored to be able to help SCE rapidly harness the power of the interactive cloud." Right now, it's close to being a done deal, as the transaction is "subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions." But it should be fine and going forward, Sony will give gamers access to a great cloud-based service. The industry just keeps changing…