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

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:

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:

This post was last modified on July 27, 2015, 12:02 pm

Ryan Meitzler :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.