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Perry: Which company wouldn't want to partner or own a company like Gaikai?

Gaikai CEO says raising money for cloud gaming "isn't a problem"

Gaikai CEO David Perry is fuelling rumours of a possible buyout following talk that the cloud gaming company is up for sale at the price of $500 million.

Speaking exclusively to GamesIndustry International he admitted the company is fielding a lot of acquisition enquiries and even went so far as to suggest companies such as Google or Facebook could be interested.

"We're just trying to evangelise this concept of cloud gaming and in doing so we expect someone will pop up and want to participate or partner or own the company," said Perry.

"Microsoft, Apple, Citrix, even a Facebook or Google might want to do a game strategy because our engagement times are so long compared with a normal ad"

David Perry, Gaikai

"That's why we keep as much momentum as we can. It's a case of keep executing and at some point, somewhere, cloud gaming will become interesting to someone. Media companies are realizing the importance of games, and software companies, are realizing that it's just as easy to stream footage off power points as well as games."

"When you think about the big picture, which company wouldn't want to partner or own a company like Gaikai? Microsoft, Apple, Citrix, even a Facebook or Google might want to do a game strategy because our engagement times are so long compared with a normal ad."

Gaikai has signed number one players in various media sectors, including Samsung, YouTube and Electronic Arts, to supply a game streaming service for their customers.

According to Perry, Gaikai has "reached the point where raising money isn't a problem" but if he did sell the business to another company, he claims he would stick around for the long run.

"Intel, Qualcomm, Limelight and the VC guys are all investing in us. It's been good support so far," he said. "People are calling all the time asking if we need funds. Money is not a subject of concern any more. We're focusing more of the onboarding and scaling of the company.

"My objective is clear. In the history of the game industry, some day there will be a chapter in the book on cloud gaming. We have to see this through to the end. We have to finish what we started. We'll stick around for a good time yet. There's plenty more work to be done. I'm not selling and moving on. I'll continue working."

David Perry will be speaking at Cloud Gaming USA this September in San Francisco.

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