Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Brother Got His Ouya Today

Ouya, the $99, Android-powered game console, has been bumped from its planned June 4 retail launch to June 25, according to a press release issued by its maker today.

Not all the news was bad, however: The company (also called Ouya) announced that it has received $15 million in venture capital funding from an investment group led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and which also includes the Mayfield Fund, NVIDIA, Shasta Ventures and Occam Partners.

This is added to the record-breaking $8.6 million raised via last year’s Ouya Kickstarter campaign.

The company also announced that Bing Gordon, the former chief creative officer of Electronic Arts and founding director of, will be joining the Ouya board. Gordon, a videogame industry veteran, also currently serves on the boards of Amazon, Ngmoco and Zynga.

Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman reports that over 12,000 independent developers have signed up to create games for her company’s super-cheap console. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the venture will actually be profitable for those developers.

The new Ouya release date puts it even more directly in competition with GameStick, that other Kickstarted, Android-powered console. GameStick’s maker recently announced that it too will be shipping out in the last week of June.

Ouya is shipping out consoles to backers of Ouya’s Kickstarter campaign right now. Once Ouya does hit retail, it’ll be available in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada via Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and GAME.

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