Agawi, formerly known as iSwifter, has been chosen by Microsoft as their partner to deliver cloud gaming to Windows 8 devices: everything from social games, MMOs and "popular AAA games."
It seems that OnLive didn't get a look-in.
Agawi's new service plans to attract a variety of titles that will be instantly compatible with Windows 8 PCs and tablets, streaming content via the Windows Azure platform. They already deliver more than 12,000 social games on iPad, though are planning on upping the ante with "popular AAA games over the coming months," requiring no additional work by developers to adapt their games for touchscreen inputs and handheld form factors.
In case you were wondering, Agawi stands for Any Game, AnyWhere, Instantly.
"Game developers want to focus on building great games, not worrying about back-end issues like scalability and platform management," said Microsoft VP Walid Abu-Hadba." With Windows Azure, Agawi 2.0 enables developers to make high-performance games easily accessible across devices with the high-quality graphics and virtually instant game downloads. For gamers, Windows 8 delivers a fast, fluid and no-compromise experience that opens the door to exciting new form factors."
Windows 8 rolls out on October 26th, alongside the standard version of the Windows 8 Surface tablet. Early reactions range from pleasantly surprised to portents of catastrophe.
After Sony's acquisition of Gaikai, we posited that Microsoft needed to secure a cloud gaming partner. Where this leaves OnLive, who recently underwent a slightly shady buyout/relaunch, remains to be seen.