Approximately a month ago, the most talked about Android console was released to the general public and the reception has been flat.
Speaking with The Verge, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman has said that only 27 per cent of Ouya owners have bought a game on the system, but puts this down to the fact that there are free trials of each game on their store and also stated that the console has a long way to go to catch up with the consoles that have been building audiences for years. Uhrman had stern opinions on people that put down the console’s money generating potential:
“To say developers can’t make money on Ouya — I take offense to that. I’m sure the creators of TowerFall and Hidden in Plain Sight would take offense to that. The console has only been out for a month, and developers have only had access to the hardware for about 6 months. We really like what we see so far, and so do developers and gamers.”
Uhrman said that out of the top 20 grossing games on Ouya, thirteen have garnered an average of eight per cent of the audience that actually bought the games. Uhrman isn’t deterred by this number, though:
“These numbers will grow as more gamers pick up consoles, and as we attract more developers, and I believe that by the end of the year, we’ll see a few developers telling us they’ve made more than a million dollars on Ouya.”
People can say what they want about Ouya, but Uhrman’s honesty is refreshing. Will this number grow? At this point, it’s hard to see that happening, but one game could change the fortunes of the system. It is only a month old, after all.