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OnLive Denies Reports That It’s Shutting Down

OnLive is still alive — for now.

Just a short while ago reports emerged that the gaming and virtual-desktop software start-up had issued pink slips to all of its employees and was effectively shutting down the service.

The first part, we’re told by an OnLive spokesperson, is not the case.

“We don’t respond to rumors, but the service is not shutting down,” OnLive said.

“The exciting news is that the first Vizio Co-Stars (Google TV stream players) with the OnLive app built in have just arrived in customer homes, and our second of three ‘Indie Giveaway Weekends’ is going on now …,” the statement went on (the ellipsis is mine, as the rest of it is just more promotional stuff).

OnLive, for those who don’t know, launched in 2010 as a Web portal for streaming games. You can check out an early demo of OnLive here, from the D conference in 2010.

In addition to its cloud-based gaming platform, which runs on PCs, tablets and now Google TV products, OnLive also offers Office-based, virtual desktop software for iPads and Android tablets, which got the Palo-Alto-based start-up in some hot water with Microsoft earlier this year.

A report from Mashable earlier today said the company was rumored to be laying off its entire staff and shutting down (that headline has since been changed).

But while the service doesn’t appear to be shutting down, it’s still unclear whether there were, in fact, mass layoffs — or whether something larger is at play here.

More as this story develops.

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