Indie Developer Pulls Game From Ouya After Free the Games Fund Troubles

Another indie developer has walked away from the Ouya console because of its Free the Games Fund. The fund, which sees the platform holder matching the funds of successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns, has seen its fair share of controversy since launching. The Free the Games promotion promised to match Kickstarter donations for any game that committed to a six-month exclusivity window on the console and raised more than $50,000 on its own. Since then, multiple projects have been accused of gaming the system.

Indie developer Sucker Free Games today halted its successfully funded Kickstarter campaign for its Ouya-based beat-'em-up Dungeons the Eye of Draconus, accusing the platform holder of "changing the rules mid-stream" on its promotion. Dungeons the Eye of Draconus had raised $54,067 in pledges from 180 backers when it was halted this morning. Sucker Free developer William A. McDonald explained the cancelation in an update on its Kickstarter page.

"With less than two days to go they have removed our #Freethegames link from the Ouya homepage and delisted us from website," he wrote. "The timing aligns with winning back of some devs that threatened to pull their games through conversations on Twitter. It appears we were thrown under the FTG bus."

Ouya likely removed them from the running because the developer revealed that a $50,000 surge in funding for the project received last week came from McDonald's father. McDonald made the disclosure in the name of transparency, but whoever is running the program over at Ouya removed the game from the program's web site. McDonald says that this was not done after some exhaustive investigation either…

"If we had remained silent we very likely would have received the funds, our transparency and honesty apparently was our undoing," McDonald wrote, adding, "Misinformation ran wild, climaxing not in an investigation on the part of Ouya, but in our de-listing from their fund without explanation or even the decency of a notification. Without Ouya match funds and only $4,055 in donations from our crowd source backers, the cost of swag, taxes and fees would cause us to have a net loss of approximately $11,000."

Sucker Free will continue development of the game, but it will not be developing it for Ouya any longer.

Source: GII

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