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OnLive patents acquired by Sony

In 2012, Sony acquired Gaikai, and turned the tech behind Gaikai into a service called “PlayStation Now.” Today, the direct competitor to Gaikai has announced that Sony Computer Entertainment has acquired the technology patents of OnLive. However, the terms of the agreement between SCE, and OnLive has not been discussed. Upon going to the OnLive website, you will be treated to this message from the OnLive team…

If you go to the OnLive “Games” page, you will be treated to this message…

After five years of uninterrupted service, the OnLive Game Service will be coming to an end. Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and their plans don’t include a continuation of the game service in its current form. Your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015. No further subscription fees will be charged, and you can continue to play all of your games until that date.

As the first-ever game streaming service of its kind, everyone who has ever played a game using OnLive has contributed to the technology and its evolution in some way. We’re immensely proud of what’s been achieved and extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for being a part of the OnLive Game Service.

Thank you from all of us at –

OL2, Inc. (aka, OnLive)

If you go to the OnLive “SLGO” page, you will be treated to this message…

It is with great sadness we must announce that OnLive’s SL Go service will be coming to an end. Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and their plans don’t include a continuation of the SL Go service. However, your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015. No further subscription fees will be charged, and you can continue to enjoy SL Go on all of your devices until that date.

In our year of SL Go service, we have become quite close to the Second Life® community. Thanks to your patronage and constructive feedback, SL Go became one of OnLive’s most successful services. We know how important SL Go is for many of you, and it saddens us to bring the service to a close. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for being a part of “SL Go by OnLive” and wish you all the best.

With warmest regards,

Everyone at OnLive

If you go to the OnLive “Desktop” page, you will be treated to this message…

After four years of service, the OnLive Desktop service will be coming to an end. Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and, unfortunately, their plans don’t include a continuation of the OnLive Desktop service. Your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015. No further subscription fees will be charged, and you can continue to use the service until that date. We strongly suggest that you copy (i.e., make back-ups of) all of the files that you have stored in your OnLive Files folder prior to April 30, 2015. After that date, you will not be able to retrieve or recover copies of any of the files that were previously stored in your OnLive Files.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for being a part of the OnLive Desktop service.

Thank you from all of us at –

OL2, Inc. (aka, OnLive)

What does this mean? Well, you won’t be able to use the OnLive service at all after April 30th, 2015. After that point, OnLive will start to wind down, and shut down all sections of the OnLive ecosystem. I quite liked the OnLive service, but there just wasn’t enough support for it.

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