OUYA Snaps Up Former President of thatgamecompany As Dev Outreach

If you’ve been reading TheSixthAxis for more than about seven seconds, chances are, you’ve happened upon something that demonstrates what big fans of thatgamecompany we are. Some have even accused us of going on about it a little too much. I know, hard to believe, isn’t it?

[drop2]Well, basically, anyone who had such an integral part to play in the creation of games like Flower and Journey is held in pretty high regard around these parts. So it’s great news to hear that Kellee Santiago, former President of thatgamecompany and partner of the Indie Fund will be lending her considerable talents to OUYA, the Android-based home console due in the coming months.

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Santiago will be working to lead OUYA’s developer relations, a role that she is uniquely qualified for. For their part, OUYA is calling her their “DBF” or “Developer’s Best Friend,” which goes some way to demonstrating how the company is approaching indie developers. Santiago had this to say about working with the company, “OUYA gets it. This is the first console company that really understands how important it is to remove the barriers to development. By freeing up the development process, OUYA is opening up new doors in console gaming.”

OUYA, you’ll no doubt be aware, was something of a Kickstarter sensation. It ended up with pledges totalling over $8.5 million, many times more than the $950,000 they initially asked for.

Since its huge success on the crowdfunding platform there has been a string of positive endorsements from developers and the company has been making plenty of great moves towards getting some more exceptional talent involved in creating software specifically for the device.

They announced that the console is currently in manufacturing and should start shipping to backers on March 28th. I was in pretty early so hopefully mine will arrive in good time and I can tell you all about it.

Source: OUYA

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8 Comments

  1. I still don’t ‘get’ this console (and the controller looks horrible imo) but I guess all these devs can’t be wrong.

  2. That silver devkit looks pretty sexy. I look forward to getting my hands on this little baby.

  3. That controllers worse than the PS3 Boomerang one.

  4. That’s a great boon for OUYA although her comment about it being the first console to understand Indies must sting a bit for Sony, especially as they look to promote self-publishing on PSN.
    I’m seriously considering buying one for several reasons, a media player that will handle any filetype , an alternative to PSM (which hasn’t made it to Ireland yet anyway) which allows me to play some touch-games on my tv, and also i’m interested in the open nature of the platform as that could open the door to all sorts of interesting non-gaming projects too.
    I’m looking forward to hearing all about it when you get your’s Peter.

  5. Utterly fascinated to see how it gets on and equally interested in what Kellee Santiago brings to the table as I was checking into what she (and a few ex TGC employees) were up to just a month ago.

    I will be pleasantly surprised if Ouya can carve out some sort of successful niche for itself as I’m struggling to see how it’ll gain any real traction right now.

  6. Can’t wait to get mine but I also still don’t know what to do with it, yet. There are just too many good PS3 games coming out in the next few months.

  7. What interests me most now (well, since last Wednesday) about getting my hands on my OUYA is how devs choose to use that DS4-like touchpad on the controller.

  8. 0 interest in the thing hope it works out for those who like it.

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