Razer buys Ouya

Razer buys Ouya
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

July 27th 2015 at 3:14PM

Founder Julie Uhrman leaves following acquisition

Razer has bought microconsole outfit Ouya, founder Julie Uhrman has announced.

Uhrman thanked the firm on Twitter, as well as a host of other people who helped bring the Ouya to market. Her tweets also suggest she has left the company as part of the Razer deal.

Develop has reached out to Razer and Ouya for further details on the news.

Word that troubled microconsole firm Ouya was putting itself up for sale first emerged in April. In June, Razer was reportedly the leader in talks to buy the firm. Just days later, this sale seemed to be confirmed, although no official word has been given by Razer yet.

Update: Razer has now officially confirmed its acquisition of Ouya, including its entire content catalogue and storefront.

Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

It seems that Ouya itself will no longer exist as a console. A statement from Razer said it would be migrating users and content to the Forge TV micro-console and Serval controller bundle. The Ouya store will be re-launched as Cortex for Android TV.

It added “Razer is not retaining interest in Ouya hardware or related other assets”.

"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," said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan.

"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."