OnLive has Closed, May or May Not Be Purchased
Engadget indicates OnLive has been purchased: http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/17/source-onlive-undergoing-acquisition-in-wake-of-dire-financials/
More on the ground reporting from OnLive:
No one talking outside #OnLive. One worker, when asked if he worked there, paused, said "Kinda, sorta."— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) August 17, 2012
Description of events at OnLive’s meeting this morning: http://www.gamepolitics.com/2012/08/17/former-onlive-employee-describes-bizarre-all-hands-meeting
All we need is a picture and this is proof (thanks @McCarron):
Confirmed: employees leaving #OnLive headquarters with moving boxes. Am outside now.— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) August 17, 2012
(His tweet location also confirms his actual location to be true)
Kotaku has confirmed layoffs and OnLive bankruptcy: http://kotaku.com/5935767/onlive-filing-for-bankruptcy-new-company-to-take-its-place
OnLive’s director of corporate communications Brian Jaquet responded to Mashable saying,
“No comment on the news other than to say, the OnLive service is not shutting down.”
And what of the people?? There’s a lot of back and forth and no full communication of events.
An official statement was released by OnLive, contradicting statements made by employees.
Thanks for the note. We don’t respond to rumors, but of course not.
The exciting news is that the first VIZIO Co-Stars (Google TV stream players) with the OnLive app built-in have just arrived in customer homes, and our second of three ‘Indie Giveaway Weekends’ is going on now. OnLive users can get a free copy of the award-winning games Space Pirates and Zombies and SpaceChem (more details on our blog here: blog.onlive.com).
A recall message was sent out after the original email:
Here is the email that I received from the OnLive employee at 11:37am this morning.— Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) August 17, 2012
I wanted to send a note (cont) http://t.co/LoV8vdxi
The recall came 7 minutes later which was about 6 minutes after I tweeted it.— Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) August 17, 2012
According to Brian Fargo of inXile Entertainment, currently working on the successful Kickstarted “Wasteland 2”, revealed on Twitter some distressing emails he received from OnLive employees:
Their employees are sending out emails that #OnLive will be closed by the end of the day.— Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) August 17, 2012
Apparently a new company will be formed but everyone is losing their job. Don't know what that means.— Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) August 17, 2012
What this means for the consumers of the system, and the products is unknown. With no digital copy of your own, those purchases might go away into the unknown. A fear many have had about cloud gaming. Is this a sign of poor management or it not being ready?