Sony acquires Gaikai

Deal allows conglom to establish new cloud service

Fine-tuning its presence in the cloud, Sony is acquiring Gaikai Inc., a leading global interactive cloud-based gaming company, for about $380 million.

Deal allows Sony Computer Entertainment to establish a new cloud service “ensuring that it continues to provide users with truly innovative and immersive interactive entertainment experiences,” the company said in a statement.

Combining Gaikai’s tech muscle and engineering talent with SCE’s background in game platforms 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,” said Andrew House, prexy and group CEO of SCE.

“SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide,” said Gaikai CEO David Perry. Gaikai, based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., was launched in 2008.

“We’re honored to be able to help SCE rapidly harness the power of the 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.”