Razer, a leader in peripherals and software for gamers, confirmed that they had purchased the software assets from Ouya, the leading Android gaming platform for television. The purchase included all of Ouya’s content catalog and online platform. The deal between the two tech giants was closed on June 12th, 2015, however financial details were not disclosed.
Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan commented on the deal saying:
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. 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.
Razer will soon migrate current Ouya users over to the Forge TV micro-console. Razer plans to extend the TV Android experience by allowing current Ouya users to bring their games, controllers, and accounts to the Cortex TV platform on the Forge micro-console. With this switch, Razer plans to offer discounts to current Ouya users to purchase the newest Razer hardware, as well as special promotions with the Forge micro-console.
Razer is not retaining interest in OUYA hardware or other related assets, however it does plan to publish Android TV content and Android-based TV console games under the OUYA moniker as a separate interest.
The Ouya store will relaunch as Cortex for Andriod TV. You can read more on the Razer Forge TV micro-console here.