Remember when video game industry insiders were so terrified that web and mobile games were going to eclipse the home console market? Does anyone remember Julie Uhrman’s response to that fear, the OUYA? Well, way back in 2012, Uhrman revealed the “new kind of video game console”. One that would run on the open platform, Android, and bring gamers back to the television. The Kickstarter campaign launched and is still one of the most successful crowdfunded campaigns in the platform’s time, currently sitting at #5. It is still, at the time of this posting, the most successful video game-related Kickstarter campaign. But since OUYA’s successful crowdfunding campaign, things did not go so well for the tiny console. OUYA launched with software issues and the controller — which, like the rest of the device, was lauded for being designed by Yves Béhar of Jawbone and One Laptop Per Child — had a defect where its buttons would get stuck underneath its faceplate. Then, at the time of its public release, the OUYA was ranked #108 in Futuremark’s benchmark tests for Android devices, most of which were mobile phones. Eventually, games that launched on OUYA — like TowerFall — began moving to other platforms, making the OUYA obsolete.
In April 2015, OUYA began searching for a buyer after being unable to renegotiate its debt. On June 12, 2015, Razer closed its purchase of OUYA’s platform for an undisclosed sum. While OUYA CEO, Julie Uhrman has resigned, OUYA’s technical and developer relations teams have been absorbed into Razer’s software team. OUYA’s content catalog and online retail platform will be relaunched as Cortex for Android TV, the platform for Razer’s own Android-powered microconsole, Forge TV.