Razer Acquires OUYA Software Assets

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
Razer Acquires OUYA Software Assets

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, has confirmed that it has acquired the software assets of OUYA, including its content catalog and online retail platform. In addition, the technical team and developer relations personnel of OUYA have joined Razer's software team.

To enhance the home entertainment experience, Razer is planning the significant development of the Forge TV micro-console, controllers, and software solutions. They are also bringing a myriad of additional games to the Android platform it purchased. The OUYA store, acquired by Razer, will be re-launched as Cortex for Android TV, a premier destination for Razer Forge TV games and other content.

Razer's Co-Founder and CEO, Min-Liang Tan, went on to say how "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. This acquisition is envisaged to usher more developers and content to the Android TV platform."

Though Razer is not retaining interest in OUYA hardware or other related assets, it does plan to publish Android TV content and Android-based TV console games under the OUYA moniker as a separate interest. After all, "When it comes to gamers, Min clearly knows what he is doing and he has clever ideas on how to make his many initiatives with Forge TV fit well with all the titles and hard work that OUYA put in" said Brian Fargo, video game designer, producer, programmer and founder of Interplay Entertainment and inXile Entertainment.

In the near future, Razer will be providing existing OUYA users with a clear path of migration to the more advanced Forge TV micro-console and Serval controller bundle with the intention of allowing OUYA users to bring their games, controllers, and accounts to the Cortex TV platform on the Forge micro-console. Razer is also planning deep product discounts for incoming OUYA users to purchase Razer hardware, and a spate of freebies, giveaways, and promotions to enjoy on their new Forge consoles.