Razer, the popular gaming hardware company announced today that it plans to purchase Ouya’s software side of the business. Ouya was a kickerstarter funded project that began in 2012 as a way into the gaming console market. They raised $8.5 million dollars and the console was first released in June of 2013.
“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,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “OUYA’s work with game developers, both triple A and indies, went a long way in bringing Android games to the living room and Razer intends to further that work. This acquisition is envisaged to usher more developers and content to the Android TV platform.”
According to Razer, they plan to develop the micro-console, controllers, and other aspects of gaming on TV to cater towards their customers and the hardcore gamers.
Razer apparently loves what OUYA has done with the software business, but Razer has no interest in the hardware side of their company probably because Razer already has the hardware side very well established within its business today.
It will be interesting to see what Razer does with its purchase of OUYA.