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Ouya Android-Based Video Game Console Wins VC

May 9th, 2013
If you haven't yet heard of Ouya, you will soon. It's not exactly in the same league with Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft, but it's playing in the same space -- and now it's got some significant funding behind it.

Ouya is all about playing video games on the TV, and its Android-based console promises to bring the most creative games back to the television set by allowing developers to build games for the big screen. Ouya's model: Every game is free to try. And it's turning some heads.

Ouya just raised $15 million in funding from new investors. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the same firm that originally backed Electronic Arts, led the round. Mayfield Fund, Nvidia, Shasta Ventures and Occam Partners are also investors.

Delayed Launch

"So, what does this mean for you?" asked Julie Uhrman, founder and CEO of Ouya, in a blog post. "It means we've got additional resources to make Ouya everything it can be. It means that we can increase production to meet our demand and continue to support game developers who are building innovative and exclusive games for Ouya."

Ouya has been shipping its early backers video game console units as it gears up for the official launch in June. Uhrman said the demand from gamers and retailers alike has exceeded the company's expectations. That led to a decision to push back the launch date by three weeks to manufacture more units.

"Our official launch date will be June 25th. This change in ship date does not affect backer shipments," she wrote. "We're still on track to have units shipped to our early backers -- from both Kickstarter and Ouya.tv preorders before the end of May."

No Xbox Competition

We caught up with Billy Pidgeon, an independent video game analyst, to get his thoughts on Ouya. He told us the video...



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Ouya has 10,000 developers

April 19th, 2013
Company reveals new developer milestone for Android-based console; Kellee Santiago says "critics have their job" about early reviews.


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Ouya, apps, and the future of gaming

March 29th, 2013
The "appification" of gaming has now come to the console. Hardcore games are next, says Ben Parr. [Read more]



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Gearbox cautious about Ouya

March 23rd, 2013
CEO Randy Pitchford says he can't justify appropriating resources to new platform until he knows how large install base will be.


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Ouya ships to Kickstarter backers by end of March

February 28th, 2013
The open-source Android console will head out to tens of thousands of crowdfunders a few months before it lands in stores in June. [Read more]



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Kellee Santiago lands at Ouya

February 28th, 2013
Thatgamecompany co-founder to lead developer relations for Android-powered console company; Ouya units shipping March 28.


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Like mobile model, a new Ouya every year

February 7th, 2013
The Android-based game console plans for annual hardware upgrades, an Ubuntu smartphone is arriving in October, and iOS users wait to try the Mailbox app. [Read more]


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Ouya coming to Amazon, Gamestop, Best Buy, and Target from June

February 5th, 2013
US retailers pledge to stock $99 Android-powered Kickstarter console.


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Ouya Game Jam yields nearly 200 title prototypes

January 29th, 2013
The Ouya Game Jam was designed to allow developers to build titles that they would bring to the open-source console. [Read more]



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GameStick portable gaming console cruises on Kickstarter

January 4th, 2013
This Android console in your pocket picks up where Ouya left off, and goes along for the ride. [Read more]



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