After being rumored about before this year’s E3, Sony has finally released a statement today which announced that the company had acquired the cloud gaming service Gaikai last Friday. The company was bought out for $380 million.
“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,” President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House said in a statement.
“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 internetconnected devices.”
According to Gaikai’s CEO David Perry (pictured above), Sony intends to “establish a cloud service and expand its network business by taking full advantage of Gaikai’s revolutionary technology and infrastructure including data centers servicing dozens of countries and key partners around the world.”
It is not known how this acquisition will affect Gaikai’s other third-party partnerships, or the future of Sony’s platforms, but it is definitely an interesting turn of events.