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.
"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."
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