Ouya Promises Matching Funds for Crowd-Funded Game Projects

Ouya, the makers of the Android-based home gaming console of the same name that was released last month, hopes to influence game development on the platform with big wads of cash. OUYA today announced the $1 million Free The Games Fund, which promises to match the funding amount received by developers who fund their games via Kickstarter.

Developers that are building a OUYA game and launches that game on Kickstarter between August 9, 2013 and August 10, 2014, will get matching funds from OUYA between $50,000 and $250,000. One of the stipulations for getting the money is that the crowd-funded game has to be a Ouya exclusive for at least six months.

"There are two reasons why OUYA is on retail store shelves today: we had an innovative idea to build an affordable and open game console for the television, and we found fans who supported our idea and provided the funds to make it happen," said Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman. "Since then, we’ve seen dozens of great games launch on Kickstarter, and now we are in the enviable position of being able to give back AND secure the best, exclusive games for OUYA."

The OUYA home gaming console is available for $99 at select retailers in North America. OUYA currently has over 20,000 registered game developers as of this writing.

Developers interested in this program can find out more here.

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