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Gaikai: "PS3 Deal Will Make Publishers Very Happy"

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Matt Gardner
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Cloud gaming, David Perry, Gaikai, PS3, PS4, Sony

Gaikai: "PS3 Deal Will Make Publishers Very Happy"

David Perry is a happy man. He's just sold his cloud gaming baby - Gaikai - to Sony for $380 million. That's enough to make anyone happy. But the deal will be good for everyone, Perry points out, especially publishers.

"It's going to make the publishers very happy," Perry told Eurogamer, "because the publishers like PC, but they love console. The message I kept getting back was, PC is cool, but I wish you could do this with console. That's the real meat in our business. That would be really good.

"Of course, we had to go, look at this new PC stuff we have! We had to keep avoiding the console question. It's a very difficult question. If you look at the P&Ls of the publishers, that's such an important piece of their business. We were like, don't look over there. Focus on the PC.

"But the console question never went away. I had a major publisher recently say to me, David, just to be clear, the iPhone is interesting to us. Not as interesting as console. PC? Not as interesting as console. Just to be clear."

Perry explains that having the brand of an entertainment giant behind the company will help enormously too availing publishers of any financial concerns that they might have had previously.

"The second thing they said was, if we're going to put our biggest games on your service, I've got to know you're going to have the financial muscle to support it. When you're a start-up, it's harder to answer that question. But when you've got Sony behind you, it's very easy to answer that question.

"There's multiple things that have been solved in a single deal. It's quite surprising. "

Perry is under no illusions that new venture will bring new issues with it, and a new perspective when looking forward. One things for sure though, which is that there are certainly new opportunities on the horizon.

"We were doing it the way you do it if you're a VC," he explains. "I have to start thinking differently now because I have one of the biggest consumer electronics companies in the world in our corner. So you have to think differently. I have to sit down and have a think about that. What does that mean as far as making new hardware? It's going to open a lot of doors that just weren't open before."

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hurrakan  Jul. 20, 2012 at 16:21

He's come along way. I remember when he worked for some games magazine when I was about 10 years old, then he was on the Gamesmaster TV show with Patrick Moore.

But to be honest, I never placed much value on what he said on Gamesmaster.

CarlPhillips  Jul. 20, 2012 at 16:58

@hurrakan: You've got this Dave Perry, who brought us Earthworm Jim and MDK, mixed up with the other Dave Perry, who enjoyed wearing bandanas and arguing with Dominic Diamond on Channel 4. I made the same mistake in the past, but thankfully they are two very different people.

hurrakan  Jul. 20, 2012 at 17:16

@hurrakan: You've got this Dave Perry, who brought us Earthworm Jim and MDK, mixed up with the other Dave Perry, who enjoyed wearing bandanas and arguing with Dominic Diamond on Channel 4. I made the same mistake in the past, but thankfully they are two very different people.

Ha, yeah I suspected as much! Thanks :) Should have known from the lack of bandana.

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