Razer Acquires OUYA Software


For Gamers. By Gamers. That’s always been Razer’s catch phrase.

The ten-year old business known for it’s sleek looks and excellent hardware performance isn’t just satisfied with making hardware, though. OUYA, the open-source android gaming console for televisions, has been acquired by the hardware giant. OUYA’s technical team and developer relations team have been hired on to Razer’s software division, while Razer is now in control of the content catalog and online retail platform.

According to the “Razer acquires OUYA software” press release, “Razer has a long-term vision for Android TV and Android-based TV consoles, such as the Xiaomi Mi Box and Alibaba Tmall Box, to which OUYA already publishes. OUYA’s work with game developers, both triple A and indies, went a long way in bringing Android games to the living room and Razer intends to further that work. This acquisition is envisaged to usher more developers and content to the Android TV platform.”

Razer plans to provide a “clear path of migration” from the current OUYA equipment to the Forge TV android console and Serval controller, along with discounts and promotions to OUYA users. The OUYA store will be re-launched as Cortex for Android TV at a later date.

With Razer’s Forge TV console being similar to the OUYA hardware, the partnership seems like a sound idea. Razer is not retaining interest in OUYA hardware, though it will be using the moniker for Android games and TV content releases. Razer has been moving into direct hardware creation for Windows gamers with their laptop and tablet, the Blade and Edge respectively, but with Android gaming growing and becoming a more serious market, Razer’s acquisition of OUYA shows that companies are willing to commit to the idea of Android as an OS for serious gamers.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, so we still don’t know exactly how much OUYA and Android gaming are worth in that aspect, but it’s certainly a big move that could spark more interest in the OS. Android gaming continues to grow with ports of PC games, AAA developers, and of course, the independent game-maker. Perhaps the world will soon see Android as more than just the (superior) competition to iPhones. We’ll keep you posted as we get more details.

About David A. Reeves

David is a 25 year old graduate with a BA in English, and he's wondering how all of this adult stuff crept up on him. He has a large love of Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy, a lack of budget sense during Steam sales, and is involved in an abusive relationship with the MMO genre. Outside of gaming, David can be found reading books with swords and magic, suffering from writer's block on that story he said he'd write, enjoying a hookah or a beer with friends, and trying not to say anything inappropriate despite the overwhelming urge. He's an odd fellow.

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