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The computer hardware manufacturer Razer has acquired all of the software assets of Ouya (the ‘one time Kickstarted micro-console darling turned embarrassing failure of a venture’), with the intention of migrating all current users to its own Forge TV micro-console in the near future. Old Ouya customers will be allowed to transfer their games and accounts, while the Ouya marketplace will be rebranded. Most of the folks that worked at Ouya will retain their jobs, but the founder and CEO Juile Uhrman has bailed out.
The acquisition caused a panic storm when it was initially reported that Razer would not honor the poorly planned ‘Free The Games Fund’ that Ouya set up, meaning that a number of the twenty-seven developers who took part in the promotion would lose out on the income needed to complete their games. Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan quickly confirmed that his company would then cover the $620,000 that Ouya owed to developers, with a few caveats – a more in-depth explanation of the situation by Polygon can be found here.
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All aboard! It’s that time of the year again where the gaming hype train makes a stop at Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly referred to as E3. While it has never been the most open show on the gaming calendar (it is primarily a press event after all), E3 commands a media attention that few other expositions can match, and for just under twenty years now it has been the battleground on which most major announcements have been made by Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and EA amongst others.
I’ll be covering what I’m personally looking forward to in a separate article, so for now let’s confirm when all the major action is going to be broadcast. Microsoft will kick things off on Monday 9th at 5:30pm GMT, and will be followed by EA at 8pm GMT and Ubisoft at 11pm GMT. Sony once again will keep you up until the early morning by starting their conference at 2am GMT, and then Nintendo’s online only presentations will be broadcast on the Nintendo Direct website at 5pm GMT on Tuesday 10th. As ever, several gaming sites will be doing live streams throughout the day, including GameTrailers, IGN and Twitch. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 2ND – 8TH JUNE