G-cluster Global Corporation

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G-cluster is a Finnish cloud gaming provider. It was founded in 2000, but has been a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank since 2004. It uses IPTV set-top boxes for their service. Their target audience is gamers who already have gaming consoles and has a game selection consisting of casual games as well as high-end titles.

G-cluster's business model was introduced in the article "Developing Cloud Business Models: A Case Study on Cloud Gaming" [1] of the IEEE Software Magazine (July/August 2011).

Cloud gaming as a gaming-on-demand technology was originally implemented by G-cluster. The first commercial roll-out of the service was for Cyprus Telecom Authority in 2005 on their IPTV network.[2] In March 2008, G-cluster announced HD support in their solution in with Amino IPTV STB.[3] In November 2010, after thorough beta testing, French operator SFR launched a commercial service based on G-cluster technology.[4][5]

On May 24, 2016, G-cluster filed for bankruptcy.[6]

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