Founding Ouya member quits

Key designer Muffi Ghadiali leaves company after helping launch the Android-powered console.

Founding Ouya team member Muffi Ghadiali, who is described as being instrumental in helping bring the Android-powered console to market, has left the company. The news was confirmed to TechCrunch. At Ouya, he led the teams responsible for the industrial design of the unit, firmware development, and mechanical, electrical, and RF engineering tasks.

"Ouya is focusing more on the next phase of the business and product development. We've made some recent changes including the departure of Muffi Ghadiali who was invaluable during the launch of Ouya," a company representative said. "As is to be expected, Ouya is an ever-changing business, and as we continue to grow our needs shift accordingly."

The Android-powered Ouya microconsole began its life on Kickstarter, where it became one of the most successful campaigns of 2013 with over $8.6 million raised. The console saw its commercial release in June 2013, though it's unclear how many units have been sold to date.

A "well-placed" source told TechCrunch that Ghadiali was not forced out of Ouya, but rather left by his own volition.

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bdx777
bdx777

So much wasted potential, I'd love to develop for this thing but you need to buy a separate plugin for Unity or Game Maker in order to publish to android devices. My Ouya also died, and it came late.


heguain
heguain

OUYA Master race deserves better.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Android games are made for mobile devices and to kill time.  Only an idiot would pay $100 to play Angry Birds on their HD-TV. 

snaketus
snaketus

This was interesting concept alright, but in this day and age it was doomed before it released. No wonder we didn't see it at all in Europe.

ghostXzero
ghostXzero

the ouya...no one can even pronounce the name properly...let alone give a sh*t about the system

Silverline62
Silverline62

And so the ''next-gen killer'' is fading into obscurity.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Ouya isn't bad for what it does and can be a great addition if it fits a users desires. The main problem is people want it to do more than it can and expected more from it.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

Whether the Ouya did good or bad is irrelevant. It started something amazing in the games industry and a lot of companies and other indie devs tried to copy them. Some did it better and others did it worse, but in the end a whole new market has emerged from the Ouya's initial idea.

I wish Ghadiali the best of luck in his career and hope the Ouya team manage to keep improving the Ouya console.

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

I just feel sorry for the people that actually bought one.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Good on him, walk away because Ouya will fade away because of the release of Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U and soon Steam Machine.

LancerPower
LancerPower

I completely forgot the Ouya existed when I got my XB1 and PS4. 

deadpen
deadpen

The only reason it was such a successful campaign was because everyone knew the xboner and pisser4 were going to be nothing more than the wii jumping to the wii u. I hope that the 8.6 million people who gave money (I hope no one gave more than $1) are not too pissed.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Considering the initial firmware problems, controller lag and poor Wifi I'm not sure his departure is all that critical.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Is it a surprise? No. 

Was it going to happen? Predictably yes. 

Do I think it was a waste of time to put Ouya on Kickstater in the first place? Definitely. 

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

So long as the second unit doesn't have the horrible controller delay, I'll be OK.

Because when I played it for the first time a couple of months ago, I was underwhelmed.

Mr_Mark_Legion
Mr_Mark_Legion

he didnt quit, he was able to have an early retirement

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Lmao the ship is going to sink hurry jump off!! Haha

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

It would be interesting to inform us HOW is the Ouya faring right now. 8-\

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

Well with a name like "Muffi" I am sure he was a weirdo and Ouya is better off with out him.

19James89
19James89

I like the Ouya, it's a shame it never quite took off.

MrMojoRisin70
MrMojoRisin70

 Founding Ouya member quits.

AKA "pulling a Mattrick"

shreddyz
shreddyz

i guess he's Ouyatta there.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

good for muffi. left before things crumble any further. ouya is not going anywhere and will only see a decline from here on out. you cannot fix a fundamentally broken idea. too many people already have devices to play these games on and have no reason whatsoever to buy additional hardware.  

demondogx
demondogx

''It was a good scam, but its over now'' Muffi Ghadiali 2014.

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

Ouya is still around? I knew from the start this would fail harder than Virtual Gameboy.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

After scamming those mindless Android users, he runs away with millions of dollars. Congrats Droids for continuing to feed these crappy products in the market, namely Ouya, Galaxy S#, and pretty much all Android devices.

Mraou
Mraou

It's better to leave the sinking ship early with integrity in hand, I guess.

DarthStryphe
DarthStryphe

that thing sucked from the get go. its ju90sst looked stupid and out dated. it looked like something we would have bought in the late 90s

blackace
blackace

Ouya launched in March 2013. They had 63,416 backers. Out of all these backers 3668 of them didn't purchase the system. So, only 59,748 bought it at launch. Here are the estimated sales numbers.


According to NPD, the OUYA has sold at retail the following amounts:

June 13K-19K (probably closer to 13K)
July5K-10K
August ~ 4K

So even if April & May sold 15K for each month, that would only be 122748 sold. If we include the next 5 months at say 5K a month, that's still only 147748 sold since launch. Not sure if this was even launched overseas. I doubt they would waste their time with it.


Now they are talking about releasing a Ouya 2, less then a year after launch. What?!?! Sure they've made about $8 million from the sales of the retail units, but how much of this money is going back in to make Ouya 2? We pretty much know that sales will be even less. They haven't even sold over 200K yet and the unit is only $100. Software sales have been pretty dead. Most gamers are just playing the demos and not actually buying the full version of the game. Even when gamer do buy the game, the average sales are only 1000-2000 units. That's nothing when the game only costs $1-$10 for it.


This system is a disaster. "Abandon ship!" is right. The SteamBox will probably sell about the same since most of the best SteamBox systems are $1000 or more. No one is going to want a weaker SteamBox at $500-$700 if they buy one. PC gamers could build a better PC at that price.

aci808
aci808

I bought the Ouya for emulation, since I do not have a PC. It's not bad for emulation. I'm hoping the Steam Machines will be better at it.

Saketume
Saketume

@plm3d_basic 

If you see it more like a media player that can also play games (including a whole range of retro platforms, such as the SNES, by use of emulators) and is a completely open platform, you might like it more.

Only reason I don't own one yet is because the CPU is a bit too weak for some video content. The same goes for most of the other mediaboxes out there with framedrops etc.


Hopefully the second gen Ouyas will remedy that.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@GH05T-666 Yeah, I don't think it has anything to do with the release of the other new consoles.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@Master_Turismo A waste of whose time?  Obviously it worked out for the Ouya company, since they did get the system out to launch.  Not sure how customers feel about it now (though I can certainly guess).

McDog3
McDog3

@shreddyz .... I think you've had enough beer, i'm cutting you off.

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

@aci808 They will be, they'll also be around at least 5x the price since they infact are PCs

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

@Saketume

They already have emulators for SNES, Genesis, arcade on the pc.  Also, it's probably easier to go to ebay or a mom and pop gaming store and buy all those old systems for dirt cheap including the games.  Also, hardly anyone is going to play those last gen games.  I will never ever play the original Tomb Raider again or II, III, etc.  People who played those games are now in their 30's and barely even have time to play current gen games. I have a stack of games that I haven't even touched and don't get me started with the untouched games in my steam library either.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Silverline62 

Oh, so you who say that "no one cares" to others is trying to teach others to pronounce something that they and you probably don't care about?