Eager gamers have a new date to look forward to: June 25. That’s the day that the much-anticipated OUYA gaming console is set to begin shipping to consumers that have been waiting since last summer to try out the newest gaming platform running Google’s Android mobile operating system.
OUYA set the Internet on fire last year when it began as a crowd funded Kickstarter campaign, blowing past expectations to raise $8.6 million dollars in funds to bring Android games to TV sets. Today the company announced that is going big. OUYA landed $15 million in funding from a variety of venture capital and technology companies, including NVIDIA and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
The funding will help OUYA scale to meet what has become massive demand for the console. This is the second time this year that shipments of OUYA have been delayed. Most Kickstarter backers were supposed to see their consoles arrive on March 28 and will now have to wait just a bit longer.
“The message is clear: people want OUYA. We first heard this from Kickstarter backers who provided more than $8 million to help us build OUYA, then from over 12,000 developers who have registered to make an OUYA game, next from retailers who are carrying OUYA online and soon on store shelves, and now from top pioneering investors,” said OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman.
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