Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Aug 2012 22:53 UTC
Games Interesting. The Verge summarises the loads of news and rumours coming out of OnLive today - much of the staff seems to have been laid off, and an acquisition could be imminent. Who will it be? Apple? Google? Microsoft? EA? Valve? CommodoreUSA?
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What to say?
by on Sat 18th Aug 2012 00:57 UTC
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It's hard to know what to say. I feel bad for the employees and their families, and I've always liked the OnLive service and branding. But this? This is a dark dark cloud.

Bad things happen in business, sure, and we brave the storms and trudge on optimistically. But I've had first hand experience with the abruptness of just this sort of sweeping change... and while I can understand the argument for it, I dare say, if it isn't 'unprofessional' then I would certainly class it as 'unethical'.

Coming to work one day and finding out that, without warning, not only are you being termed, but the company you work for doesn't really exist anymore and your options are gone? I pray they're receiving some sort of severance.

And that's to say nothing for people who bought their systems, paid for their services, partners who integrated their technology into their devices, etc.

As for the buyer... Not much of a rescue here. More like vulture picking at the dead body before it's blood ran cold.

Yeah, onlive is still online - but for how long? With what stability? And what can we expect moving forward?

And what about us, the consumers that patronized OnLive? Are we to bow to the criticism we endured from our friends for trusting our games to the cloud? Were we wrong to trust in new technology?

What will the future bring. I don't know. But I don't like waiting to find out.

Edited 2012-08-18 00:58 UTC

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