and The Verge
are reporting that broadband game streaming company OnLive is shutting down. Employees were informed today that the company is closing its doors, and that the entire staff is being let go. "A new company will be formed and the management of the company will be in contact with you about the current initiatives in place, including the titles that will remain on the service," says a laid off employee. Launched in June of 2010
, OnLive allowed broadband users to stream games remotely using a $100 console, PC or tablet. E-mails from employees suggest the company could be rebuilt into something new, or could simply focus on selling off its streaming gaming patent portfolio.Update
: OnLive's director of corporate communications is denying that anything happened
, so either they're clueless, lying, or the press is being punked:
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.
Long time game developer Brian Fargo has tweeted
that the firings are real.