Ouya overhauls Free the Games Fund

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Ouya overhauls Free the Games Fund

Responding to the ongoing controversy surrounding Ouya's Free the Games Fund, CEO Julie Uhrman issued a statement and video discussing changes coming to the program. For starters, instead of the $50,000 funding minimum required of project creators to be eligible for the program, Uhrman said the requirement is now $10,000. Plus, for every $10,000 raised on Kickstarter by project creators, they will now need to have a minimum of 100 backers to maintain eligibility.

"The program wasn't perfect, we're fixing it, and if it's still not perfect, tell us and we'll fix it again," Uhrman said. "But I think it's important to note that we're not going to pull this program. We think great games can be found by you, the gamer, who loves Ouya, who wants to see something special on it."

As part of the changes coming to the program, Ouya won't demand a guaranteed six months of exclusivity for project creators anymore. Rather, for every $10,000 in rewards issued by Ouya in matching crowdfunding efforts, developers will need to agree to one month of exclusivity. Uhrman noted one exception to the rule, as developers will be able to launch simultaneously on PC.

Uhrman said Gridiron Thunder developer MogoTXT has notified Ouya that it is backing out of the Free the Games Fund, as it "raised enough money on Kickstarter to launch it on their own." MogoTXT earned $171,009 from just 183 backers in its campaign, helping ignite the controversy surrounding the program. Ouya recently removed another game from the program, Dungeons: The Eye of Draconus. To get a brief summary of the Free the Games Fund's short, yet eventful life, check out our video recap.
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