Ouya Raises $15 Million, Delays Console To June 25th
Ouya is an Android-powered gaming console that retails for $99. The console was originally supposed to start selling on June 4th, but now it will be delayed to June 25th. Ouya also announced that they have received $15 million in venture capital funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Other investors that were part of this round include Mayfield Fund, NVIDIA, Shasta Ventures, and Occam Partners. This funding is on top of the $8.6 million that Ouya raised from Kickstarter in August 2012.
Bing Gordon, the former chief creative officer of Electronic Arts and founding director of Audible.com is also joining the Ouya board of directors. Gordon also sits on the boards of Amazon.com, Zynga, and Ngmoco.
Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said that there are over 12,000 independent developers that have signed up to build games for the console.
People that have contributed to Ouya’s Kickstarter campaign are starting to receive their consoles now. Once Ouya hits retail, it will be available in the U.S., U.K., and Canada through Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and GAME.
Julie Uhrman founded the Ouya project in 2012 with the help of designer Yves Béhar. This was the second-highest-earning project in Kickstarter history. Out of the box, the Ouya console will include the TwitchTV application and access to OnLive video game streaming.