After the catastrophic events that occurred at OnLive almost two weeks ago, the company seems a bit more stable now. Their staff has been reduced by more than half and its future is uncertain, but its service continues to run for now. Its former employees are currently job hunting, though, and it looks like Microsoft wants to be the one to swoop in and rehire them.
The company is planning to hold a special networking mixer event today from 7-9Pm PDT, and it’s aimed squarely at former employees of the cloud gaming upstart.
“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.”
What exactly Microsoft has in mind is not clear, but with the fact that Sony now owns OnLive’s cloud gaming rival Gaikai, there’s a good chance they don’t want to be left behind. Cloud gaming could become a big part of next gen consoles, and having some employees from OnLive on board certainly wouldn’t hurt. Even if Microsoft lacks the technology behind OnLive, having the people is a good start.
Microsoft also hints on the event page that, “There are big projects in the pipeline for the rest of 2012 and beyond, and the team is growing rapidly to support the work ahead! We’d love to have YOU be part of our team!” Is Microsoft starting to get serious about cloud gaming? We’ll simply have to wait to find out.