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Ouya Breaks Kickstarter Records Earning $5 Million For Android-Based Hacking Console. With 21 Days To Go, How High Will It Go?

19 Jul

Ouya Games (Unconfirmed)

This is what they imagine the Ouya videogame selection process to look like in the main menu.

Ouya has shattered Kickstarter records by reaching over $5 million dollars, the most for any Kickstarter Project in any category EVER.

Beating out previous highs, both of which were videogames. These include Double Fine Adventure which raised $3 million ($3,336,371 to be exact) and Wasteland 2 from inXile which raised nearly $3 million (or $2,933,252).

This is a huge deal because of all the complications that come from building and producing a videogame console, as well as the cool fact that videogame-related Kickstarter Projects have proven out to be the most popular and the ones that draw the biggest numbers of Backers! No small feat on a site with thousands of projects and new ones, big and small, going up every day!

Ouya

The Ouya Android videogame system.

In addition to becoming the biggest Kickstarter Project of ALL TIME, Ouya also shattered and set two other records:

* Fastest-ever Kickstarter Project to reach $1 Million Dollars, achieving that benchmark in a slim and extraordinary eight hours and 22 minutes!
* Most money ever raised over the period of a single day (24 hours), with $3.2 million raised! Shattering the previous record of $1.9 million dollars.

Sadly though, all this incredible amount of money so quickly may have the developers behind Ouya reeling. Certainly none of them could’ve ever dreamed they’d raise so much cash, with their goal being set at $90,000!

Doubts about the console and the makers ability to create it have surfaced after founder Julie Uhrman recently contradicted herself in two separate interviews. First saying that they would seek to find funding outside of Ouya Kickstarter, but then saying that they would not be seeking additional funding outside of Kickstarter.

The exact quotes, respectively,

1. “This is a really big undertaking and it’s going to be expensive. We’re looking for additional funds of money but more importantly we wanted to take it to Kickstarter regardless.” – Ouya founder Julie Uhrman to MCV’s sister site Develop.

2. “Let me be clear, Ouya is not seeking additional funding outside of Kickstarter. Our intent in going to Kickstarter was to raise money that would take us from functional prototype to product on the market.” Julie Uhrman to Eurogamer.

So which is it? These and other inconsistencies have sowed seeds of doubt and worry in some people. Although to me, I think maybe they changed their tune from the above two statements once they realized exactly how much money was coming in from the Kickstarter. Maybe they were planning to get outside funding, but the Kickstarter money train keeps barreling ahead with no end in site!

Either way, I still think Ouya is a breath of fresh air, and I hope it’s a raging success!

Here is the announcement video for Ouya from the Kickstarter Project’s main page, be sure to go there and read the Updates the developers have posted, including the fact that Ouya has secured their first exclusive game. Robert Bowling (of Call of Duty fame) and his upcoming “Human Element” title will get an exclusive Ouya prequel!

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