Razer Confirms Acquisition of Ouya; Purchases Software Assets and Online Retail Platform

on July 27, 2015 11:55 AM

After launching an ambitious and well-funded Kickstarter campaign in 2012 and launching publicly in 2013, the Android-powered micro console Ouya and its development team have found a new home with PC manufacturer Razer.

Razer has officially confirmed that the company has acquired Ouya following earlier reports of a deal being negotiated, with the disclosure following an official negotiation in June. The final financial deals have not been disclosed, though Razer confirmed that the company has purchased the software assets and online retail platform for Ouya, while the remaining technical and developer relations staff from the company will be joining Razer.

While Razer has now acquired the software end of Ouya and its games catalog, the company confirmed it will not be moving forward with the Ouya hardware, as the company stated it is “not retaining interest in Ouya hardware or related other assets.”

Instead, the Ouya name will be used with the publication of various Android TV content and Android-based games. Specifically, the Ouya Store will be relaunched as “Cortex for Android TV,” with Razer providing more details on what current and future Ouya owners can expect in the transition:

“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 microconsole, 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.

“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.”

 

Ouya CEO and founder Julie Uhrman also confirmed the acquisition of the company by Razer this morning through Twitter, while also confirming that she will not be transitioning with the Razer acquisition and will be leaving Ouya.

Following a series of tweets sent by Uhrman to various game developers and individuals that helped with the start of Ouya, Uhrman confirmed her leaving of the company and thanked those that both helped boost the company and will oversee its future:

The acquisition of Ouya by Razer will surely blend into the company’s own move into the microconsole scene with the Forge, an Android-powered console seeking to compete against other microcosoles such as Amazon’s Fire TV and NVIDIA’s Shield, with Razer welcoming Ouya to its family this morning:

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Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.
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