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Ouya’s Android developer benevolence breaks bad

Firm is disappointed with reaction to games fund
Wed Sep 11 2013, 15:16

THE PEOPLE behind the Android based Ouya games console are disappointed by the way that some developers have reacted to its promise of free money but will continue to offer it.

The games console project launched a fund for helping developers in August. It said that it would match any money raised by its peers on the Kickstarter website, as long as they raised more than $50,000.

Unfortunately not everyone played the game the way Ouya would have liked, apparently.

Under the headline Let's talk about the Free The Games Fund Julie Uhrman, the CEO and founder of the Ouya project said that perhaps the firm had been naive.

"In launching this campaign, we've been called everything from naive and foolish to crazy and idealistic. This is not the first time we've been called any of that. Maybe we're naive... and yes we're definitely idealistic," she said.

"It's gotten us this far. We believe (still) that great games from great developers can be discovered this way - by you. If we can put aside the doubt and embrace the spirit of this fund as it is meant, and of Ouya as it is meant, we might just be surprised by what a little positivity can produce."

Uhram does not mention it, but there have been a couple of recent incidents that could have led to the post.

Two games that have appeared on Kickstarter are shrouded in controversy. One, a point and click adventure called Elementary, My Dear Holmes, has been suspended, another closed with funding raised earlier this month.

That second game raised $171,009 towards a $75,000 goal with 183 backers. µ


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