OUYA possible acquisition target for Razer

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There is no hiding that OUYA has struggled since its launch in 2013. The Android-powered video game console, despite raising $8 million in a Kickstarter campaign, has struggled to be a hit with consumers and the company failed to repay investors that helped bring the product to life. Among the investors is Alibaba who made a $10 million investment as recent as January. Julie Uhrman, OUYA’s chief executive officer, sent an internal memo to employees in April stating that being sold is the only way to solve their problems.

OUYA could finally be acquired soon as another company in the gaming industry has been involved in negotiations.

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Debt repayment issues dictate that Ouya needs to find a buyer quickly

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It was only a couple of years ago that it was the darling of Kickstarter, blowing past its target goal of $950,000 with surprising ease and ending up with over eight and a half million dollars in funding. The start-up in question is Ouya, manufacturer of the Android micro gaming console, and thanks to a leaked memo from its CEO, Julie Uhrman, it would seem that the company has hit choppy waters as it now seeks a buyer.

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Alibaba Makes Heavy Investment in Ouya

 

OUYA-Console-set-hOuya, the game-console maker made famous by its kickstarter campaign, has recently received $10 million from online shopping titan Alibaba. There have been discussions about incorporating Ouya’s software and 1,000 game library into Alibaba’s set-top box.

The primary location where Ouya can flourish is in China, which is poised to be the next battleground for video game competition now that the 15 year-long ban on videogame consoles has been lifted. Although Ouya seemed to be off to a great start in 2012 with an explosion of funding, the results are less than expected, mostly due to the powerful hold on the market that Sony and Microsoft have and the recent emergence of the Nexus Player and Fire TV, which both allow for similar cheap gaming. However, a struggling company and a burgeoning market can be perfect for each other if there is a way for them to connect. Enter Alibaba. If there is any place that Alibaba knows, it’s China. Alibaba can be extremely helpful to Ouya as it tries to move into China’s market.

Ouya is no stranger to deals with other companies, and has also been working out some mutually beneficial agreements with Xiaomi as well.

Source: WSJ

Developer brings Android TV to Ouya gaming console

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The Ouya gaming console, or microconsole, is a device suitable for casual gamers. Some, though, find it a little limited and boring. One developer has been able to bring Google’s Android TV platform to Ouya, bringing some excitement back to the device. Not everything is operable, but that is expected to change in due time. All of the connection functions, like WiFi and Bluetooth, work. The issues arise with video and audio playback.

You can head over to the source link for directions and file downloads.

Source: XDA Developers
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Ouya 12-month all access pass goes live, then sells out

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Ouya has launched an “all access” pass which can be purchased for $59.99, granting the user access to every game in the Ouya library for an entire year. It is, however, only being tested, so it may not be available for very long.

While the pass currently shows up as sold out, a new batch should be available soon. To check and see if you can buy the pass for yourself, simply head to the Ouya website.

Source: Droid Gamers

OUYA changes course to give devs choice about free-to-try model

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OUYA has announced a change to their service that will be implemented in coming weeks to let developers choose whether they want to distribute free-to-try games or just go for an up-front fee for gamers to grab a new title. In a blog post titled “It’s about CHOICE” the company says they had resisted allowing developers to offer anything other than free-to-try games. However, this appears to have been dampening enthusiasm for the platform and could be seen as not being entirely open, one of the principles the company is based on. Read more

M.O.J.O. gets price cut and will start seeing OUYA content later this Spring

MOJO-OUYA-RotatorMad Catz and OUYA will be working together to bring OUYA content to the M.O.J.O. micro-console. With this content, the console itself will receive a price cut. It will now be priced at $199.99 in the U.S. with a similar price cut  heading to other major territories. All existing content will be available on the console later this spring, with more content on the way.  Darren Richardson, the President and CEO of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. had this to say about the deal:

“With more than 680 games and 33,000 developers signed up, OUYA features an impressive catalogue of content from AAA developers and independent publishers, all of which are designed to replicate the core gaming experience, taking advantage of the TV and controller.”

So if you’re in the market for a dedicated Android console but can’t decide between the M.O.J.O. or the OUYA this may make your decision a little easier. Hit the source link for the full presser.

Source: Mad Catz Pressor 

 

 

Ouya software platform to hit other consoles in future

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The importance of developing an ecosystem for rising platforms these days cannot be stressed enough— Ouya certainly has the right idea, as the Android-based game console manufacturer as announced that it will be pushing its software to other hardware in the future. Although the move will likely decrease sales on the Ouya gaming system, the reach of the software platform will certainly be able to branch out.

In an interview with “AListDaily,” Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman discussed her plans. Hit the break for the details.

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