UPDATED: OUYA Kickstarter Drive Ends at $8.6 Million in Pledged Funding
As the minutes ticked on, the numbers kept climbing (as you can see in the original post below, which I wrote last night). When all was said and done, the final tally for the OUYA console was just about $8.6 million, with an exact figure of $8,596,475. The backer number topped out at 63,416. Surprisingly, OUYA’s Julie Uhrman hasn’t yet issued an update to their Kickstarter page to celebrate, which is usually something that happens pretty quickly after funding goals are reached. Either way, the totals are hopefully final. Now, we just have to find out what the hell they’re going to do with all that extra cash.
Well, that’s all she wrote. The Kickstarter campaign for OUYA—the Android-based, teeny-tiny cube-console, managed to pull in $8.5 million in a month, reaching 903 percent of their (now modest-seeming) original goal of $950,000. Over 63,000 backers have pledged their funding, and while there’s certainly a good chance that a number of them won’t follow through, the fact remains is that this fundraising drive has been a smashing success so far.
But here’s another thing—as of this writing, a solid 20 minutes after the fundraising clock expired, the numbers keep going up. The pledge button still seems active, even though the countdown has ended. It’s certainly possible that it’s simply continuing to tally pledges that came in just under the wire…but to keep doing so over 20 minutes after the clock stopped? So that’s weird…I’m going to have to try and puzzle this one out in the morning.
Strange Kickstarter shenanigans aside, no matter which way you slice it, OUYA’s got some big stuff coming up in the months until its March release. In the days since the console’s announcement, a number of big game-makers have announced support for the console, such as Robotoki’s exclusive Human Element prequel, Gunblitz, Final Fantasy III, and just today we discovered that OUYA’s makers are in talks with Namco Bandai about future games. It’ll be interesting to see what happens from here…
Check back tomorrow morning for more news on the little console that could. I’m sure OUYA’s head honcho, Julie Uhrman, will have updated the page with some kind of thank you announcement and plan of attack from here.