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Streaming Service OnLive to Shut Down on April 30

These days you can’t throw a rock without hitting some sort of videogame streaming service, but OnLive was the first service to really make a splash. Unfortunately, after years of mounting problems, Sony has acquired OnLive and will shut it down for good at the end of the month.

OnLive never had it easy. Right out of the gate, consumers (rightly so) doubted the service’s ability to deliver lag-free gaming. Then there was a bankruptcy, layoffs, and a buyout. Then in 2012, OnLive re-emerged under new ownership, but it was just a shadow of its former self, and its former self wasn’t all that cracked up to begin with. Then in March 2014, OnLive relaunched yet again as a companion service that allowed consumers to stream games that they already owned, which didn’t make the service any more appealing. OnLive just got no respect, I tell ya.

Whether or not the myriad of other streaming services running today will fare any better remains to be seen, but they all owe some debt of gratitude to OnLive for being a pioneer of sorts. Let’s all take a moment of silence and pour out some Mountain Dew Game Fuel.

via Kotaku

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