Square Enix Closes Shinra Technologies Cloud-Gaming Service

Subsidiary shut down after difficulties finding more investors

Square Enix announced that it will be closing Shinra Technologies, which was initially established "with the aim to build a cloud-gaming platform with supercomputer-class capabilities." Former CEO Yoichi Wada was leading the division, and the dev kit was released back in July 2015, followed by a U.S. beta test. 


The tech was nominated for Japanese trade association CEDEC's 2015 engineering award, and external studios Shinra Technologies worked with include Republique developer Camouflaj. The shutdown comes as a result of an inability to find prospective investors to raise funds for further business operations. 


According to Square Enix, Shinra Technologies is currently undergoing the liquidation process. In a statement to Gamasutra they added, "Square Enix Group will keep its confidence in cloud-gaming, and we will continue to develop our business using cloud technologies to deliver the new gaming-experiences to the world."



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his new webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every Thursday at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

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