Sorry for the down time, but we're back (vacation's are awesome!), and it appears some good stuff has happened while I was gone.
It appears that Ouya has set aside a cool million bucks for devs to get their games off the ground.
Ouya has launched the "Free The Games Fund" to help get game devs on Kickstarter to get their projects funded, and if you get chosen, you get even more cash from Ouya themselves! Not a bad setup.
Not only will you get a great funding opportunity but you have a shot gaining even more money to get your idea moving. This is a great initiative by Ouya, offering money to games that get attention not to mention showing devs how easy it is to get on Kickstarter to get some funding. This is a two birds with one stone idea and I think its brilliant.
This could really make the game development for the console explode, drawing even more attention and gamers. Here are the rules as posted on the Free The Games Page:
"1. CREATE IT.
As you set-up your Kickstarter campaign, include the below copy in the main body of your campaign description to alert potential backers about the Fund and encourage participation and support.
Double Our Fun(ds)!
We're participating in OUYA's #FreeTheGames Fund, created by OUYA to support developers making new and creative console games. OUYA will match your pledge dollar-for-dollar if we raise a minimum of $50,000, so help us get there and make a great game for everyone! To be eligible for this match, we commit that this game will be an OUYA exclusive for six months—no matter what. To learn more about OUYA, go to www.OUYA.tv.
2. SIGN IT UP.
We need to know that you’re joining us on this project, so we need you to take two simple steps: (1) email us at freethegames@OUYA.tv with your campaign details so that we can help promote your #FreeTheGames campaign across the land and (2) agree to the terms and conditions (you’ll be able to complete this step on this website very soon). These steps are required before you launch on Kickstarter to be eligible, so please be sure to complete them.
3. LAUNCH IT.
Launch your Kickstarter game campaign on or after August 9, 2013 and have it end any day on or before August 10, 2014.
4. FUND IT.
To be eligible for matching, you need to (a) meet your funding goal and (b) raise a minimum of $50,000.
5. WE'LL 2X IT.
If your Kickstarter campaign meets the funding requirements and you agree to be exclusive on OUYA for a minimum of six months—beginning the day you launch on OUYA—we’ll match 100% of the total amount raised up to $250,000 (until the $1M fund is tapped).
Plus, we’re giving an additional $100,000 to the qualifying campaign that raises the most money during the Free the Games Fund period."