Sony Computer Entertainment this week said it will acquire Gaikai Inc., a cloud-based gaming company, for $380 million.
In the acquisition, Sony will establish a new cloud service to expand its network business.
“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,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
“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 was established in 2008 and is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA.
“SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide,” said David Perry, CEO of Gaikai Inc.
“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.”
Sony currently offers cloud-based game saves for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita platforms. It did not offer a cloud-based gaming to customers.