OUYA Approaches $5 Million In Backing, Attracts 5x Goal (So Far)

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By now you’ve probably heard of OUYA, the wide-open console platform that aims to bring both AAA and Indie titles to your TV.  When we caught wind of OUYA early this week, they were just eclipsing the hump of half of their goal, $950k.  By mid-week, they had already passed the $3 million mark, and today, they are on pace to surpass $5 million dollars.  What’s more?  They still have 25 days to go.

What is OUYA?

OUYA wants you to play your games on the TV, where they belong…

You busted your ass just to find out the princess was “in another castle.” You fought bosses that told you repeatedly how much “you suck.” You taped a blanket to half of your screen so your friend couldn’t see where you were. You traded the best players onto your team just so you could have the perfect season. And you did it all on the TV.  – OUYA, via Kickstarter

OUYA has a special philosophy.  One that has been secretly burning inside of us for a very long time.

Let’s open this sucker up! It’s time we brought back innovation, experimentation, and creativity to the big screen. Let’s make the games less expensive to make, and less expensive to buy. With all our technological advancements, shouldn’t costs be going down? Gaming could be cheaper!

We’re handing the reins over to the developer with only one condition: at least some gameplay has to be free. We borrowed the free-to-play model from games like League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, Triple Town, and many others. Developers can offer a free demo with a full-game upgrade, in-game items or powers, or ask you to subscribe.  – OUYA, via Kickstarter

As momentum from the media continues to draw attention toward this startup, we might see backing continue at an even more accelerated pace.  If you want to get in on the action, there is still a lot of reasons left to contribute.  If you want to get a first-run console for guaranteed delivery on launch for retail price ($99), there are still over 30,000 spots left.  I would expect these to go very fast, so if you’re gonna do it, do now.

 Source | Kickstarter


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.