Fortune is reporting this morning that cloud-gaming company Gaikai may be looking for a buyer. The company, led by gaming veteran David Perry, has been a rival to OnLive and has produced a few interesting opportunities for gamers – including the offer to play World of Warcraft on Facebook. The company is reportedly hiring bankers and is looking for “in excess of $500 million”. The company has $45 million in funding.
Gaikai has always stated that their goal is to rival the music and movie industry, and the company feels that the biggest difference between those industries right now is the accessibility. They’re trying to bring console quality games to the web within a few clicks, and from my own tests, they definitely achieve this. There’s very little lag, and I’m able to play console quality gaming with just a few clicks.
As opposed to OnLive, Gaikai is web-browser based, so while they could easily have a standalone application they’ve always been focused on doing it on the web, and it seems like that goal is paying off, with a $500+ valuation and most analysts bullish on the future of cloud gaming, we should be seeing more of Gaikai in the future.
Check out an interview with David Perry below, where he highlights one of Gaikai’s strongest feature – the ability to immediately play a game with one click.