A new report today supposedly confirms that Ouya, the company behind the Android-based gaming console, has been bought by Razer, a San Diego-based company best known for its hardware and accessories aimed at serious gamers. We first learned that Ouya was looking to sell the company in late April when a report claimed the company was struggling to manage its debt after less than stellar hardware reviews for its product.
The evidence appears to have been removed, however, as the listing is no longer viewable, suggesting Mesa may have jumped the gun on announcing it had brokered a complete deal. Neither Ouya nor Razer have announced the sale.
Ouya’s Android-based gaming hardware launched to mixed reviews two years ago after receiving more than $8 million in funding through Kickstarter in early 2013. Since then, the company is said to have picked up nearly twice that amount of funding from venture capitol investors, leading the company to take on more debt than it could handle without Ouya becoming a hit.
Razer, which offers its own inexpensive Android-based gaming box for the living room called Forge TV, was among the 15 companies Google featured at CES 2015 through its ‘Be Together. Not the same.’ campaign.
We’ll update our coverage when Ouya, Razer, or Mesa officially announce the deal.