"due to limited commerical take-up of this initiative..."
Core®Online, the time-bank based browser PC game streaming platform, has been taken off-line. The service had allowed players to stream games like 'Hitman: Blood Money' and 'Mini Ninjas' through a browser for a free period before entering into a pay-per-play mode. (Impressions here.)
From Sqaure Enix, "We launched Core®Online as an experiment to see what demand there would be for HD games played via the browser – whether gamers would welcome games on that platform, whether new business models might be of interest. We were pleased with the advances in technology we managed to make in the creation of the Core®Online platform but due to limited commercial take-up of this initiative it’s no longer something we will be supporting and Core®Online will be closing on Friday 29th November 2013."
The service was host to a handful of five-year Square Enix titles, and probably could have used some newer games from Square Enix and from other publishers.
Source: Square Enix
Author: Brian Hoss