Ever feel like you’re moving at the speed of light? It was on July 10th, last year at 5:45am, in my backwards baseball cap and Ugg boots, that I pushed the “publish” button on Kickstarter and waited for my world to change. Turns out I wasn’t alone: YOU showed up making it clear that gaming, as we knew it, needed a shakeup — and OUYA was born. Now, a year later, OUYA is ALIVE. 250+ games. 21,000+ developers. Seven major retailers.

And now the *real* fun begins.

So a year ago, you helped us take Kickstarter by storm with a new way to play video games and today, we are returning the favor. We are all about seeing new, inventive games get made for the console. So I am proud to announce OUYA’s Free the Games Fund, a first-of-its-kind program to support Kickstarter games built for OUYA, with $1 million in matching funds. More than 21,000 registered OUYA game developers, plus tens of thousands of other game creators, could have access to matching funds – from $50,000 up to $250,000 – for OUYA-bound games launched on Kickstarter.

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To be eligible for the OUYA Free the Games Fund…

– Your campaign must launch on Kickstarter on or after August 9, 2013, conclude by August 10, 2014, and receive at least $50,000 in funding (or GBP equivalent!)
– You need to include a short description which we’ll provide detailing the campaign on your Kickstarter campaign page
– You agree to launch exclusively on OUYA for a minimum of six months beginning on the date the game becomes available for download

And, in return, OUYA will…

– Match 100% of the total funds raised up to $250,000 (or until our $1M fund runs out!)
– Provide a bonus earn-out of $100,000 to the game that raises the most cash via Kickstarter by the end of the one year fund

For more details, visit www.ouya.tv/freethegamesfund

Anyway, just wanted to take a beat, slow the world down, and remember the beginning (and hope that just about every Kickstarter backer now has their unit in hand!).

I can’t wait to see what great games we’re able to support and help bring to life!

Now back to work — since as you know, there’s always work to be done — to make sure OUYA continues to get better.

Keep playing,



The Head Honcho

  • Anon

    Wow. So you haven’t even gotten all the consoles to the backers and you’re now ready to give money away on something else?

    Do you people even look at your KS comments?

  • zeitgen

    No console, tracking# not working, nobody cares.

  • Claudio Michelizza

    here’s my shipment


    someone of your team miss some part of my address…. i believe in ouya but now?…

    Thank in advance…

  • Ben

    I don’t really understand this system. Will there be multiplayer or more than one controller, And where do I buy the equipment to buy more ram and storage

  • http://playgravi.com Marco Williams

    What an amazing opportunity! Thanks!

  • HitmanKB

    Just wondering why my Ouya Pre Order will ship? No response to support tickets?

  • zeitgen

    >>just about every Kickstarter backer now has their unit in hand!

    That is not the case!

  • Shenzakai

    Got my Brushed Metal Finish Limited KS Edition Ouya yesterday. Finally!! So far the Ouya is just awesome and I can’t wait to play all of these amazing games, especially in multiplayer couch gaming sessions :D

    The $1M seems to be quite adorable! Very generously, I hope this will make a lot of great games possible exclusively for Ouya!

    • Kathy

      I never made a game and do not really know how but I am going to dive in head first and make that game. :-)

  • edgardo

    Holy you forgot how many angry backer because till today they did not got their OUYAS as promised.

  • Arriving in 2013?

    Still waiting for mine. How many Kickbackers are still in limbo? Hundreds? Thousands? UGH