Ouya Tries To Fix Its ‘Free Money’ Shambles

A few weeks back, Ouya launched a campaign with the very best intentions. It wanted to encourage developers to make games for its platform, by matching the amount of money made in a Kickstarter. But this is the real world, and it didn’t work out too great.

Two games in particular turned the campaign into a mess, standing accused of rigging their Kickstarter campaigns in order to get access to Ouya’s money. One was suspended for shady behaviour, and the other – Gridiron Thunder – has now withdrawn from the program, saying it doesn’t need Ouya’s money.

In response, Ouya has now tightened the rules of the contest, lowering the amount needed to qualify from $US50,000 to $US10,000 and, more importantly, setting mandatory requirements for the number of backers (Gridiron Thunder took heat for getting a lot of money from a handful of wealthy Silicon Valley buddies).

A word from Julie on the FTG fund [Ouya]

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