Android Game Console Maker Ouya Acquired by Razer

Indie game console manufacturer Ouya has been acquired by fellow gaming hardware maker Razer. Acquisition talks between the two companies were first reported last week, and Monday, investment bank Mesa Global accidentally confirmed the deal on its website before an official announcement went out. Mesa Global has since taken down any mention of the deal, but not before it was spotted by Liliputing.com.

The Ouya project launched with a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, raising more than $8.5 million for an Android-based game console that would play mobile and other Android games as well as media. The device was designed by Yves Behar, the famed designer whose work also shaped the One laptop Per Child laptop and the Jawbone Jambox.

However, Ouya was met with lukewarm reviews when it finally shipped its devices to backers a year later, and the company was reportedly dealing with a lot of debt, and unable to raise enough funding to move forward on its own.

Razer is best known as a manufacturer of PC gaming accessories, but recently unveiled its own game console based on Google’s Android TV platform.

 

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