Given the fact that the Ouya, an open-source alternative to the current slate of consoles on the market, has received over $5 million since beginning its Kickstarter campaign, you can bet that there was more than a little skepticism when Eurogamer reported that the company would begin seeking funds elsewhere upon the drive’s completion. After all, if adequate capital was available elsewhere, then the developers couldn’t possibly need the monetary investment of generous consumers. Moments after the story went live, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman issued a statement declaring her and the studio’s intention to maintain the system as a crowd-sourced project.
Let me be clear, OUYA is not seeking additional funding outside of Kickstarter. Our priority now is to continue to focus on building a great game console while engaging in our ongoing Kickstarter campaign.
Reports of the company’s intention to look elsewhere for funding emerged after an interview with Develop in which Uhrman stated that they were “looking for additional funds of money but more importantly, we wanted to take it to Kickstarter regardless. Because Kickstarter will give us the support we need from the gamers and developers to get additional content on the devices and bring additional partners to us.” In the same breath, she declared Ouya to be “a really big undertaking and it’s going to be expensive.”
Regardless of the story’s origin, it appears that, for now, it’s false. Whether or not Ouya expands its horizons upon the completion of its Kickstarter campaign will remain to be seen as there remains much time for the fundraiser to continue generating record-breaking numbers.