Microsoft holding hiring mixer for former OnLive employees

One week ago, at least half of the employees of the streaming PC game service OnLive found themselves laid off as the company quickly reorganized. While OnLive's servers are still running, it's clear that the idea of cloud-based PC gaming still has a long way to go before it's a viable alternative to download services like Steam.

Now it looks like at least some of the laid off OnLive employees could find themselves working for a new boss: Microsoft. The company has set up an web page that specifically invites "individuals and teams affected by the OnLive transition" to a hiring mixer on Monday at Microsoft's offices in Mountain View, California. The location is near OnLive's own headquarters in Palo Alto.

Microsoft says in its invite that it is hiring in both Mountain View and its main headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The invite doesn't say anything specifically about Microsoft developing its own cloud-based streaming game service, saying only that it has "big projects in the pipeline for the rest of 2012 and beyond."

Microsoft at one point considered OnLive to be a threat to its Xbox division, according to recently leaked two year old internal documents, and apparently considered acquiring it. It now looks like Microsoft is more interested in the people behind OnLive rather than the company itself.

Via: Venture Beat
Source: Microsoft invite | Image via Microsoft

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I'd rather the next Xbox have this as an option for Gold members, it'd make paying for gold more worth it as well. The upside is that the option for physical media will still be there, so unlike OnLive it's not all or nothing for the gamer. Depending on where I am my internet connection doesn't match what's needed for something like OnLive, and I'd rather have a physical disc or a digital download of the full game and not try to stream it.

Agreed, MS has not made it a secret that it thinks "Physical" media is going the way of the dinosaur, so it makes perfect sense for them to offer "Two" options for future XBOX consoles: a "Physical" disc format, and a "Direct Play" format. Consumers would be able to still "Buy" games in stores, but for those who simply want to "Play" games rather then own a library....

Given that the company itself has thousands of Windows based servers already setup and delivering these streaming games, you'd think their assets would still be a worthwhile investment and head start for Microsoft to get into cloud gaming. Unless they're secretly been working away on their own answer, which they probably have.

~Johnny said,
Given that the company itself has thousands of Windows based servers already setup and delivering these streaming games, you'd think their assets would still be a worthwhile investment and head start for Microsoft to get into cloud gaming. Unless they're secretly been working away on their own answer, which they probably have.

Well they're hardly going to buy the company off a bunch of past employees.

To me this confirms that MS is going to make a move into this market with the Xbox. They aren't going to limit the system to streaming content only, so MS can easily test it in the system, without it impacting users.

Nashy said,

Well they're hardly going to buy the company off a bunch of past employees.

Of course not, they'd buy the actual company itself. It's an easier option than setting it all up themselves, though they certainly probably have the resources too.