Microsoft Courts Ex-OnLive Employees
As the gaming industry continues to cope with the fallout from OnLive’s sudden implosion and resurrection from last week, Microsoft is looking to see if they can offer up some employment to some of the people who were laid off amid the chaos.
It was reported that when OnLive filed for assignment for the benefit of creditors, only about half of their staff were offered positions within the new iteration of the company, leaving the other half more or less out in the cold. According to a post on GamesIndustry today, Microsoft is reaching out to former OnLive employees about coming aboard:
“We are eager to speak to individuals and teams affected by the OnLive transition. With the stunning success of Xbox/Kinect and the accelerated growth of this business, we are looking to add key players who want to make a real impact in creating groundbreaking new products and services.”
Could this be Microsoft bringing in staffers with OnLive experience for a new cloud-gaming project? After all, Sony purchased OnLive’s most direct competitor in the cloud-gaming business, Gaikai, shortly after E3 in July.
In all likelihood, Microsoft just knows a good group of potential employees when they see one. But considering the way trends in gaming tend to follow such similar trajectories—motion based controls, touch-screen aided gameplay—I wouldn’t be too terribly surprised to discover that Microsoft’s got a cloud-gaming rival to Sony in the works as well.
Who knows? If nothing else, this could wind up being a good resolution to so many people who were screwed over by OnLive. One thing’s for sure: Microsoft isn’t going anywhere for a long, long time.