Ouya launches $1 million developer fund

"Free the Games Fund" will match Kickstarter funding provided game is exclusive to platform for at least six months.

Ouya today announced a new $1 million developer fund that will match funding for new games through Kickstarter provided the titles are exclusive to the platform for at least six months.

The new fund will match 100 percent of total funds raised up to $250,000 from Kickstarter campaigns that must conclude by August 10, 2014. All projects must adhere to Ouya's submission guidelines.

A full list of rules is below:

  • Game projects must launch on Kickstarter on or after August 9, 2013, and conclude by August 10, 2014.
  • Games must meet their Kickstarter funding goal and raise a minimum of $50,000 to be eligible for matching.
  • Once successfully funded via Kickstarter, OUYA will match 100% of the total funds raised up to $250,000.
  • Game creators must make their game exclusive on OUYA for a minimum of six months beginning on the date the title becomes available for download on OUYA.
  • And, for the game that raises the most via Kickstarter by the end of the program, the developer will earn an additional $100,000 Rock Star bonus from OUYA.

In addition, Ouya will not provide matching funds all at once. Twenty-five percent will be given when a Kickstarter campaign concludes, 50 percent when the title launches on Ouya, and the final 25 percent after the six-month Ouya-exclusive period is over.

More information about Ouya's new developer fund is available at the Free the Games Fund website.

The $99 Android-powered Ouya launched last month to the public and quickly sold out, though the microconsole is again readily available.

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jark888
jark888

Good news for Ouya owners. Love to see surprises this console has been pulling out.

GamesOfEdan
GamesOfEdan

Ouya's not forcing anyone's hand, but they have dangled a carrot large enough to make developers ask the question. How many will take the offer is still unknown, but I'd like to see the results in the future. I'd also like to hear how the exclusivity deals work out for both Ouya & the developers who embark on this strategy.

johnnybowman
johnnybowman

XBOX, PS, and NINTENDO have First Party Games

OUYA has NONE

Karciomad
Karciomad

OUYA please give turn based RPGs for us!. 

soulless4now
soulless4now

I keep forgetting Ouya exists since no one really gives it much coverage. lol 

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

A hard gamble for Ouya. I only want them around if they actually provide good games. If they can't do that, waste of time, the market will find better alternatives.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Desperate mode activate. Sucks for those idiot Droids supporting for this crap with same functions that can be replicated by a 1998 computer. #fail

blueleon70
blueleon70

I don't understand the article at all, other than they're asking for more money and that the silly little console has 6 months exclusivity over certain games.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Does anybody know if the Ouya has the Humble Bundle app available to it? I've got some android games through Humble Bundle and if I can play them on an Ouya I might consider getting one.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

This is a smart move for a troubled company. This thing is just a mobile phone that you plug into your tv yet you have to repurchase all of the game you already own to play it on said tv.

I laughed when I saw how many people were excited about it. The hype was insane and now it has seemed to calm down a lot. Especially the people that got theirs and found out it is pretty crap.

If you got one for a streaming device you can buy an android powered thumbstick for like $20.



stev69
stev69

I can't see any but the most desperate developers going for this (and if said developer is that desperate, id have reservations anyway) , six month exclusivity to a console that clearly isn't making waves in the market. I would certainly think twice if I knew a kickstarter I might like to invest into if they were also being backed by this this scheme.

Thisisstupid
Thisisstupid

Since I have no interest in the Ouya if a kickstarter were participating I'd be a lot less likely to give them money since I'd have to wait a half a year longer to get anything.

enoslives7
enoslives7

This kickstarter shit is really taking off.

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

Shouldn't they use that money to fix the controller and make sure the games they have actually work right?

Random_Matt
Random_Matt

When the original kickstarter for ouya started i said that you will have your money stolen, be given a shit console and be completely mugged.

Now another mugging is in the works, should be jailed.

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

Begging again ? Many review stated that the console isn great with a bad interface, bad controller response, poor performance, poor framerates and sloppy. They should fix their broken console instead of pushing games on a broken system. My phone is potentially more powerful than the ouya....

Legend002
Legend002

They sure enjoy begging for money.

vikebone
vikebone

Why is there a video of Broken Age in the article?  It is coming to Ouya, but it is not an exclusive, nor is it mentioned at all in the article.  It will be a good game, but it just seems random to throw it into the article.

evil-zodiark
evil-zodiark

meh.... I like kickstarter but this consol seems pointless....

Lawrencevanrijn
Lawrencevanrijn

Perhaps a good book on how to start developing games might be better. There are plenty of people willing to develop, but they do not understand how to start, and how to get some of these samples to work. (their on-line documentation is lacking).

Altazen
Altazen

looks like a new FAQ need to be add to every kickstarter game like the DRM FAQ for PC games.  no way I'm gonna fund a game and have to wait an extra 6 months on top of development period before it release on other platforms.

snugglebear
snugglebear

I hope it does well. I don't want to buy one right now, but there needs to be a little fresh blood in the console market. 

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

I'm all for cheap and cheerful. Everything doesn't have to be top end.

Cervanted
Cervanted

I kinds hope it does well, but at the same time I know I'm not even going to buy one.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

This could be a good console for non-competitive games such as Minecraft. But anything really competitive will not work on this console because of it being an "Open system". I say that because people will find all kinds of ways to cheat such as aimbots and stuff like that which ruin game play. Story/campaign type games could do well  because users could create additional add-ons, if games are setup where people can post what they have created and allow others to access and use for little or no additional fees. I think  Minecraft has shown there is a huge demand  for games that allow for creativity. This console could take the genre and run with it.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

OUYA is such an odd, interesting idea and console.  Can't imagine it being wildly successful; there are too many other consoles in the works.

Still... I bet Google buys them out.  Soon.

Hodax
Hodax

@blueleon70 They're not asking for more money. They're trying to encourage a few developers to Kickstart exclusive games for Ouya. If the criteria is met, Ouya will match the developer's Kickstarter campaign up to $250K. 

For example, if my game is successfully Kickstarted after I asked for $10K, Ouya will eventually add another $10K to my project assuming I follow they rules they set up. That $10K gets taken out of a $1 million pot Ouya has set aside to generate developer interest.

Make sense now?

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@enoslives7 Yeah, even celebrities are getting in on it. Personally, I'm willing to fund a developer trying to break into the business who doesn't have the funds, but not some celebrity who just doesn't want to pony up their own cash.

stev69
stev69

@MooncalfReviews Take note? Sony and MS have been dealing in exclusivity for years, if anything Ouya got the idea from them. 

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@evil-zodiark I'm an original backer and have not received my console. They're out on the shelves for weeks now. If they don't give me the refund I requested today, I'd call it a fraud. Just saying..

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@PixelAddict Dont they already have the Nexus tablets and phones? Doubt they would want a console around since they want the focus on the other devices. Who knows do..

Cervanted
Cervanted

Why would google buy them out?

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

@stev69 @MooncalfReviews OUYA needs this idea because people are not making games for that thing. It was a hype machine nothing more. Not worth it for devs to make it for a mobile console that a handful of people own so far. Kind of like what is happening to the Wii U.

stev69
stev69

@the_craig They aren't giving money away, do you think they don't expect a return on their investment? Its a shameless ploy to try to sell their crap console to the masses.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@HonorOfGod Maybe it would then be the Nexus Ouya?

I'm bored and just speculating.  Big companies such as Google / Facebook / Microsoft / Sony always seem more interested in buying these things when they make sense.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Cervanted Their OS is Android, and Google has been in the news in rumors about offering up their own console/hardware to go alongside the Chrome Book.

stev69
stev69

@the_craig Like I said its not giving money away its investment. Giving money away implies they are indulging in philanthropy, they are not.

the_craig
the_craig

@stev69 @the_craig They expect to get a return from the game sales and from having exclusives hopefully selling consoles. That's how things work in every business. They are still giving money away, they are just doing it for their own benefit. 

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@Gegglington @snugglebear Is that what yours said? This Monet of mine must have a speech impediment, because it sounded like it said something about "Gangbang style"...and I was all like "I'm listening...".