David Perry: Publishers say “PC is cool, but I wish you could do this with console”
David Perry seems very pleased with Sony’s Gaikai acquisition and he has mentioned that publishers will be happy with the said acquisition because they heart always belongs on consoles.
“It’s going to make the publishers very happy, 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,” he said to Eurogamer.
“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’.
He also revealed why the deal with Sony was highly advantageous.
“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.”
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