According to a new report from Recode, makers of Android gaming console Ouyya are currently in talks to sell the company with several “big players in China, as well as few here in the U.S.”
The report does name a few names including Xiaomi and Tencent in China and Google and Amazon here in the US. However, it also notes there are no current offers from anyone involved in the talks:
Several sources said the talks are early, but that the company considers it one of its most likely options rather than raising more money. There are no current offers on the table, said sources, but the talks are proceeding… Sources tell Re/code that the acquisition would be for staff talent more than the company’s console product, which has not found much traction with gaming consumers after it launched last year.
How far along the discussions are is unknown, but Recode says “there has been some engagement with Google and Amazon” and that other Chinese companies have also been in talks with the company.
Earlier this year Amazon officially made its entrance into the Android gaming console world with a dedicated gaming controller for its new Fire TV set-top box that doubles as an Android gaming system not unlike Ouya. That could be one reason it’s said to be one of the US companies showing interest in the company.
Reports of Ouya’s interest in selling the company was also reported today by The Information.