Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,589 Reviews & Articles | 67,094 News Posts

OnLive is on life support, employees laid off, bankruptcy paperwork has been filed

OnLive files for bankruptcy, gets rid of their employees, and is scooped up by a 'mystery buyer'

By Anthony Garreffa on Aug 19, 2012 06:28 am CDT - 1 min, 39 secs reading time

It looks as though OnLive has gone through quite the headache over the weekend, where it was first reported that the entire staff of the streaming gaming company had been laid off. But, the official word is that OnLive's assets were acquired by a "newly-formed company" that has "substantial funding".


As the story continued, it looks as though a single investor has come in who was interested in the company and decided they've like to own it. Some of the freshly-unemployed ex-OnLive staffers were re-hired to join the new business that the investor had purchased, OnLive Reloaded, maybe? There would still be some that were cut, but with the remaining employees, they've said that OnLive's IP would be moved over to the new company, but this leaves the ex-staffers' shares to be wondered about.

This then lead to news of their shares in the company, those shares would not be transferred to the new company as the original is closing. CEO of Tiswaz Entertainment who is also an advisor to game developers and publishers, Kevin Dent has had quite a lot to say of the matter, but on the matter of the employees shares:

In order for their shares to be transferred, the new investors would have to agree to sell shares for zero cents on the dollar to each of the employees. That's not happening, I know that for a fact.

Dent also believes that OnLive don't actually own any of their patented technology, with the patents being owned by an R&D company called Rearden Labs, who license the IP to OnLive. Who owns Rearden Labs? That would be OnLive's CEO, Steve Perlman. This means that Perlman can virtually reboot OnLive by transferring Rearden Lab's IP from OnLive to a new entity and filing for ABC bankruptcy in OnLive's name. This is all without having to pay OnLive's staff their share of equity.

You can read more about the whole debacle here, and here.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

Related Tags