A recent spark on Twitter has become a aflame at the news of OnLive firing all of its staff, the reason is yet to be known, but the OnLive Twitter account seems to be oblivious at what’s going on.
Brian Fargo was ReTweeted by LewieP of Savygamer fame saying that he had received an email about OnLive closing today which was sent out by employees, but what is suspicious about all this is that OnLive are giving away free games at the moment as they have literally just blogged about it.
Mashable have reported that the reports of the layoffs are unconfirmed, which makes sense, why would they close now when they announced they’re partnering with the now famous Kickstarter, Ouya? New games have been added to the cloud gaming system and they’re giving away free Indie games, so who is at fault here?
The email as sent to Brian Fargo went as follows:
I wanted to send a note that by the end of the day today, OnLive as an entity will no longer exist. Unfortunately, my job and everyone else’s was included. 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.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and I’m sure our path with cross again.
If OnLive isn’t going anywhere, why would they send that out? It seems it may have been a mistake since the employee who sent it has sent out a “recall” message, which won’t really work due to the fact that once you sent an email, it’s gone, out of your control. Mashable hinted that Brian Fargo said it was a former employee sending out the emails, since he actually said “employee” and not former, it looks like Mashable have the facts wrong, again.
Brian Jaquet, who is OnLive’s director of corporate communications has apparently been in touch with Mashable to say,”No comment on the news other than to say, the OnLive service is not shutting down.” So everything is alright, for now.