Razer acquires Android microconsole Ouya

Ouya has been sold to Razer, according to Ouya's founder Julie Ohrman.

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Razer has acquired Android gaming platform Ouya.

Ouya’s sale to Razer was announced by Ouya founder Julie Ohrman on Twitter, where she spent the majority of the time thanking a number of people that assisted her in bringing the console to market. At the end of her long exchange, she asks Razer to look after the Ouya community and the team.

Julie also confirmed on Twitter she is leaving the company now that it’s been sold to Razer. “Ouya was a once in a lifetime experience,” she writes. “Now, I'm off to find the next.”

Razer has purchased the software assets of Ouya and acqui-hiried the company's technical and developer relations teams to help expand Razer's Android TV gaming business. According to TechCrunch, the aquisition was "an all-cash deal," although Razer didn't acquire the hardware part of Ouya's business. This was most likely due to Razer having its own hardware, the Forge TV, that it will most likely want to have expanded.

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    July 27, 2015 8:36 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Razer acquires Android microconsole Ouya

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      July 27, 2015 8:39 AM

      Ouya must own a patent or something

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      July 27, 2015 8:42 AM

      This seems like a really weird move. Why would anyone buy them?

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      July 27, 2015 8:42 AM

      They only bought the software not the hardware huh? Wow.

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      July 27, 2015 9:34 AM

      So the answer to the question of "what is Ouya's plan with a cheap console anyone can hack and take them out of the mix?" is: "get bought by someone else and let it be their problem"

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        July 27, 2015 9:48 AM

        Usually, the goal of any startup is to be bought.

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          July 27, 2015 12:07 PM

          Of course, but there were people who at the outset thought Ouya was going to change the world and upset the status quo in the console market. As if the reason it was $99 and the Xbone was $399/$499 was just because Microsoft were assholes or something.

          When you would point out that there was a huge disconnect between what they were claiming to offer and their business model you got shouted down as if you were telling a Jesus freak that they believed in an invisible man in the sky.

          Maybe Ouya really was trying to be the next big thing and just failed like all the others who aren't Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft. But maybe they're just like Occulus - raising money for a kickstarter so they can sell to a bigger fish and get rich. But at least all their backers got a small box that can almost run an NES emulator and has a controller that hurts your hands.

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      July 27, 2015 10:32 AM

      More precisely, Razer acquired Ouya's users.

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      July 27, 2015 11:08 AM

      Razer really have a hard-on for useless plastic crap.

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