Microsoft hosting mixer for former OnLive employees next week

Saturday, 25th August 2012 19:31 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft is hosting an OnLive “networking mixer” at its Mountain View, California location on August 28. The firm said it’s “eager to speak to individuals and teams affected by the OnLive transition.”

According to an open invitation for the former OnLive employees, Microsoft is “looking to add key players who want to make a real impact in creating groundbreaking new products and services,” for the Xbox brand and Kinect.

OnLive has already hired many of its former employees back after shutting up shop and reopening after a recent acquisition, and according to CEO Steve Perlman, the firm hopes to get “a lot more back in,” before their COBRA insurance kicks in.

Sim Dietrich, a former engineer at OnLive, recently set up a fund to help employees past the cost of COBRA, which is a temporary healthcare insurance for ex-employees.

OnLive has set up the COBRA option for employees, but was unable to reimburse it. Perlman said the fund was a “good alternative” and himself donated $50,000 to the fund and will “add more as needed.”

Thanks, VentureBeat.



  1. Phoenixblight

    See the former employees would be smart to go to this. Microsoft will be there longer than Onlive and its a lot more stable job.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Pytox

    So Onlive will be bought by MS & Sony has Gakai? :P

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    Since most of the people that kept their job at OnLive were useless executives and other high ranking members, the people MS could be hiring are the actual talent behind parts of Onlive that really worked.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight


    No just hire the former employees. Onlive will continue business as usual only with less of their workers.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Giskard

    @3 There were parts that worked?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. The_Red

    They were. The experience was never really enjoyable and lag was always there but they engineering team did some wonderful things with the tech and some aspects of the service were rather well made.

    #6 2 years ago

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