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Ouya 2nd most successful Kickstarter ever

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It’s official, Ouya is the 2nd most successful Kickstarter campaign since the company started in 2009, raising $8,596,475 dollars in 30 days.  Ouya’s original goal for the campaign was $950,000.  Gamers and the gaming media exploded in support of this new open console, which will be powered by Android, reaching that goal in less than 2 days.

OuyaLEKConsole Ouya 2nd most successful Kickstarter ever

In the late days of the campaign, there has been a flood of developer and publisher support for the console, from indie developers to some of the big names too, such as Mojangg, Namco Bandai, and Square Enix.  OnLive will also be supporting the console which might be a win-win for both companies.  Support has also come from developers outside of games such as VEVO, iHeartRadio, and XMBC.

We’d be remiss without mentioning that Tim Schaefer at Double Fine proved crowdfunding was a viable option for game developers earlier this year when his upcoming game, currently without a title known right now as Double Fine Adventure generated over 3 million dollars (at the time becoming the #1 most successful Kickstarter of all time).

Only the Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android has generated more money from Kickstarter, with a final tally of $10,266,846 in May.

Now all there is to do is play the waiting game as we anticipate the launch of the console, in March 2013.

A part time gaming journalist and radio practitioner, and one of the first editors here at Default Prime, Mike has been gaming since birth, starting back with the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64, on through to the PS3, PC, and whatever comes next. He is educated in communications and is a project manager by trade.
19 comments
stealth2k
stealth2k

thank god its over, its a failure and people are suckers.

Nobody is really supporting the system 

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

@stealth2k Well it's certainly not a failure yet.

stealth2k
stealth2k

@bowlingotter 

the kickstarter was not a failure, what it was kickstarting is a failure

Suburban_Hell
Suburban_Hell

@stealth2k Not sure why you have so much hate for this device, maybe if this was 1983 you'd be hating on a company new to the market called Nintendo trying to squeeze their way in on the utter disaster that Atari was making of the games industry.

You can't fight progress, but, from now until April and even beyond the launch of the Ouya, all we can do is speculate right now, and right now, things are looking up for the console.

Sure, I don't see this console being the next big thing by all means, and Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, probably don't have much to worry about, but I certainly believe there's room for it to exist on your tv stand next to your gaming console of choice, cable box, blu ray player, etc.

stealth2k
stealth2k

@bowlingotter And I am telling you if you ever want this to be a new system

you need new game support

lets look at the nes, there VERY FIRST CONSOLE, square put all original stuff on it..........

They arent putting anything in they are throwing a rock in the water

The kickstarter was cute, we all paid attention, now its over

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

@stealth2k The 3DS is a Nintendo console. Nintendo is hardly a new name on the scene. There are no established "Ouya" franchises to leverage. And yet, Square-Enix and Namco Bandai are still dipping their toes in the water. Yes, that matters.

And no: There is no difference between seeing if it "has potential" and seeing if it "can make money." There's no difference because they're seeing if it "has potential to make money." For an investor, there's no other thing that they should rightly be worrying about.

stealth2k
stealth2k

@Suburban_Hell 

No, thats not what it means, they dont think it has potential, they are just seeing if it can make money

big difference. 

stealth2k
stealth2k

@bowlingotter It is the title

That means everything

Right away on 3ds, they had new games in established franchises, exclusives

they arent putting a foot in the door so much as they are throwing a rock through the window

Suburban_Hell
Suburban_Hell

@bowlingotter Exactly this, right now the fact that we have devs and publishers willing to pilot titles onto the system is a big mark of the POTENTIAL the system has.  We've got 6-7 months before the system releases, and that's if they make their target launch date.  Am I excited by Final Fantasy 3 and Pacman?  Not entirely, but I'm excited by the prospect that publishers that develop major market titles are willing to work with the Ouya.

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

@stealth2k The importance is much less in the title of the game as it is the publisher at this early stage. Clearly, if a publisher sees profit from putting their "test" titles in play, they'll offer more. The foot in the door is the most important part, and that's established.

Also, it's important to remember that there's not even a release date for the Ouya yet. Any specific details you and I think we know are irrelevant as nothing has been officially announced. Again, the system isn't a failure until it's released and no one buys it. As that hasn't happened yet, it's not a failure yet. It's healthy to be skeptical, but also reasonable.

stealth2k
stealth2k

@Suburban_Hell 

1 port of a 20 year old game, thats been on 5 systems already

and pacman thats been on 20+ platforms

yeah real major support

Suburban_Hell
Suburban_Hell

@stealth2k Well, who are you looking for in terms of dev support if you can't say that Square Enix or Namco Bandai are big players?

Suburban_Hell
Suburban_Hell

@stealth2k I'll be the first one to admit I'm one of the most skeptical people on this.  It reminds me very much of the Phantom, the Gizmondo, etc., but the recent surge in major developer and publisher support says that this could very well be quite a successful item.  

Plus, a 99 dollar console in this economy is going to sell a lot better than the price of the next-gen systems for many homes.

stealth2k
stealth2k

@bowlingotter 

mojang - said no game is comingsquare enix - ff 3, a port of a 20 year old game thats already been on 5 platformsnamcobandai, pacman has been on EVERYTHINGOnline - A failing stream serviceyeah............

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

@stealth2k When you start throwing in names like Mojang, Square-Enix, Namco Bandai, and OnLive, the idea is obviously turning heads. It'll be a while before we find out specifics. Regardless, it doesn't fail until it's released and doesn't pan out.

stealth2k
stealth2k

@bowlingotter we really know everything we have to know

64k backers is sort of nothing. It wont be sold in retail or game stores, its getting no game support aside from lazy ports, ect

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

@stealth2k I understand what you were saying. But it needs to be given a chance to fail before it actually become a failure. Now we're in wait-and-see mode.