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OnLive Layoff Rumors; Indie Weekend Giveaways

Mashable has rumors layoffs at OnLive amid a retraction of their original report that the cloud gaming service was shutting down today following a tweet by InExile's Brian Fargo to that effect (thanks nin). The story currently suggests the entire staff has been let go, though some may be rehired for the company's next phase. Mashable's official statement from OnLive on this is: "no comment on the news other than to say, the OnLive service is not shutting down." Kotaku notes that the OnLive Blog has word on a free indie game giveaway, to the extent you can own a game streamed from the cloud, saying they are offering SpaceChem and Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) for free. Update: Gamasutra now says they can confirm that the entire OnLive staff was fired today.

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61. Re: OnLive Layoff Rumors; Indie Weekend Giveaways Aug 19, 2012, 01:07 saluk
Beamer wrote on Aug 19, 2012, 00:42:
PHJF wrote on Aug 18, 2012, 23:52:
That's it. And likely in order. Stop talking about IP. What IP do you think they have that has value?

Not necessarily an IP, but E. A. Sports.

It's in the game!

And do NOT try and tell me Mass Effect isn't a full-blooded IP, or even Dead Space. There are Mass Effect novels, a Mass Effect movie supposedly in the works, and there was that Dead Space anime.

And don't forget the Mass Effect cartoon!

But how much would Mass Effect be worth? You're Activision, or Ubisoft. How much would you pay for Mass Effect?

$20 million? $50 million?

The argument people are making is that the worth of EA is primarily IP. EA is valued at $6 billion. How many Mass Effects do you need to add up to $6 billion?

Well, Mass Effect isn't their only big IP. I dunno if they have enough IP to add up to 6 billion, but probably half that or more. People DO line up for call of duty. And everyone has a sibling who goes gaga for the sims.
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