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Low-cost console Ouya attracts 10,000 developers

The company behind upcoming £99 console, Ouya, has signed up 10,000 developers for the system worldwide.

At the end of March, CEO Julie Uhrman said the company had enlisted 8,000 developers. Now, less than a month later, the firm’s recently hired head of developer relations, Kellee Santiago has told GamesIndustry that Ouya has hit this 10,000 developer milestone.

“It’s really awesome, especially at this early stage of the console still being in the preview period,” said Santiago.

“The last month I’ve been so excited to just interact with the Ouya developers who are really people who signed on to the mission statement of Ouya early on and are the people who are just as excited as we are about the platform. It’s been great to hear and that the number continues to grow at such a rapid pace is very validating.”

So far, games for the micro-console, which based on Google’s Android operating system, have appeared to be somewhat ouygh and ready, but Santiago said this is to be expected at this stage.

“I think a lot of the developers have appropriately approached this early phase in getting their dev kits with just playing around and experimenting with the platform, so what you see on the store today are a number of sort of raw experiments, which I think is really cool that you can have a console that has such raw material on it, but we are also seeing more just genuinely fun and polished experiences. Partnerships with larger developers and publishers will be coming up in the next few months,” she explained.

Ouya is set for a commercial release on Jun 4th, priced at £99.

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