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Razer Acquires The OUYA Software Assets!

Posted by: on Jul 29, 2015 | No Comments

Some very interesting news broke over the last few days. Device and game software company Razer acquired the software assets of OUYA, including its content catalog and online retail platform. The technical team and developer relations personnel behind OUYA, the once popular Kickstarter Android game platform for the television, and it’s team have joined the software team of Razer. Financial details of the transaction, which closed on June 12, 2015, were not disclosed to the public.

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“Razer has a long-term vision for Android TV and Android-based TV consoles, such as the Xiaomi Mi Box and Alibaba Tmall Box, to which OUYA already publishes,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “OUYA’s work with game developers, both triple A and indies, went a long way in bringing Android games to the living room and Razer intends to further that work. This acquisition is envisaged to usher more developers and content to the Android TV platform.”

In the near future, Razer will be providing existing OUYA users with a clear path of migration to the more advanced Forge TV micro-console and Serval controller bundle. Razer’s intention is to allow OUYA users to bring their games, controllers, and accounts to the Cortex TV platform on the Forge micro-console, advancing the experience of Android gaming on TV that they have previously enjoyed. Additionally, Razer is planning deep product discounts for incoming OUYA users to purchase Razer hardware, and a spate of freebies, giveaways, and promotions to enjoy on their new Forge consoles.

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Moving forward, Razer plans significant development of the Forge TV micro-console, controllers and software solutions to enhance the home entertainment experience. The company also intends to bring myriad additional games to the Android platform it purchased, through increased investment in developer and publisher programs, and with complementary technology partner initiatives. The OUYA store acquired by Razer will in time be re-launched as Cortex for Android TV, a premier destination for Razer Forge TV games and other content. While Razer is not retaining interest in OUYA hardware or related other assets, it does plan to publish Android TV content and Android-based TV console games under the OUYA moniker as a separate interest. “Razer is the perfect home for OUYA and the team that made it all happens,” says OUYA co-founder and CEO Julie Uhrman. “They can take the OUYA platform to new places, inspiring developers and embracing gamers, everywhere.”

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This is definitely a second life for the Ouya Android game console if we can you think of terms of the platform living on with the Razer integration. Based on the plans that Razer have put forth on the future direction of the Ouya console assets it could prove Ouya was truly a game changer or the starting point to something bigger in the Android game space.

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