Razer Acquires Android Microconsole Company Ouya
Following rumours, Ouya founder confirms sale.
[UPDATE] Razer has now officially confirmed the deal. The company acquired Ouya's software assets, including the company's games and online retail platform. What's more, Ouya's technical team and developer relations personnel will join Razer. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Razer is not "retaining interest in Ouya hardware or related other assets," the company said. However, Razer will publish Android TV content and Android-based TV games under the Ouya name.
What's more, Razer will relaunch the Ouya store as "Cortex for Android TV."
.More from the announcement follows below.
"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."
The original story is below.
Gaming peripheral company Razer has acquired Android gaming platform Ouya.
The sale was announced by Ouya founder Julie Uhrman on Twitter, where she thanked a number of people that helped bring the microconsole to market, and also asked Razer to look after the community and team.
.@Razer Can't wait to see what you do. Take care of my incredible team and community...I know you will.— Julie Uhrman (@juhrman) July 27, 2015
Other tweets from Uhrman have confirmed she is leaving the company: "Ouya was a once in a lifetime experience. Now, I'm off to find the next."
In early June 2015, following reports indicating that Ouya was seeking a buyer, it was rumoured that PC gaming giant Razer was in "advanced" discussions with Ouya to buy it out for a figure in the $10 million range.
Although this figure has not yet been confirmed, a "reliable source" was cited as the origin of the information. Ouya's debt holders were believed to be encouraging the sale.
Razer, meanwhile, has been taking small steps into the Android-powered device space. It recently announced its own microconsole called Forge.
The acquisition would bolster Razer's games catalogue as the deal will likely also include access to Ouya's games, some of which are exclusive, thus giving it a leg up over Amazon's Fire TV or the Shield set-top box from Nvidia.
Since then, Ouya has attempted to expand its operations by offering its games on third-party devices.