Tue, Oct 09, 2012 | 11:17 BST
OnLive downplays troubles, says its partners ‘still back cloud gaming’
OnLive hype has bled down to a mere trickle these days, with little in the way of good press, following key departures at the cloud gaming firm and a lack of marquee software. However, OnLive’s top execs have revealed why they are only just getting started.
Speaking with MCV, OnLive’s new CEO Charles Jablonski was asked for his thoughts on the departure of previous CEO Steve Perlman.
Jablonski replied, “I’d never minimise both the emotions and the pain when you go through a transition like that. But our people are now focusing, they are committed to doing what we do best.
“The mood is pretty good, but it’s been an interesting few weeks with the transition of size, scope and management. It’s not the first and it certainly won’t be the last time this happens to a company.”
Perlman’s departure follows reports of OnLive’s emergency bankruptcy and debts allegedly hitting the $40 million mark.
However, rather than be deterred, UK general manager Bruce Grove added, “If anything, this has caused everyone to make sure they focus. We know that we’ve got a product, so let’s make it a real business, and let’s really develop this so that it works well for everyone.”
“This time next year, you’ll have seen some shifts, some transition as the business develops. We have a road map for how soon we start with certain things, what the focus is, what we’re going to be doing, what the next 12 months will be.”
The big shift he’s talking about is forging new partnerships with publishers and the launch of OnLive on Vizio’s ‘Co-Star’ TV set top box.
“We’ve gone back to all of our partners,” Grove continued, “going through all of those relations and making sure that we’re all ready to move forward. The reception has been very positive and very supportive. Everyone still backs the technology; everyone still backs cloud gaming so that’s just great for us.”
“With other partnerships, we’re talking to everyone. We’re back out there, we’re on the road, and we’re approaching and open to all and everyone.”
What’s your view on OnLive and cloud gaming? Is it a fad or do you see a real future in it?