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'

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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".

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

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 joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. 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 custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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