Gearbox is Cautious of Ouya

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

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During a Panel at PAX East, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said that their studio had received development kits for the Ouya, but is not sure if to support it due to their concern over the install base.

To quote what Randy Pitchford said, “I think our mission is to entertain people, right? Wherever people happen to be. I think Ouya is great. I contributed to it on Kickstarter; I have a dev kit. Some people are playing with the kits around the studio,” Pitchford said. “I’m not sure how much effort to put towards that because […] I don’t [know] how large that audience is going to be yet and we have to be responsible.” He also explained that this decision to support the Ouya is ultimately business.

Pitchford also said, “One of the challenges with game makers is increasingly people who get very good at certain things like programming or art or design, they expect to get paid a lot. And what that means is it becomes very expensive to create video games. And if we don’t make as much as we spend, we don’t get to keep doing it. We don’t want to be among those studios that close down.”

He also went on to say, “I’m interested in the platform and I love efforts like that. And I’m certain that some industrious, clever, up-and-comers will take advantage of emerging platforms.”

So as you can see, Randy Pitchford is skeptical about the Ouya, although he apparently supported it on Kickstarter and is also interested in the product. Share your thoughts with us below.

And just so you know, the Ouya is scheduled to release in June.

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  • This is what we call, “Cautiously Optimistic”. Penny Arcade delightfully illustrates what that happens to be: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/03/01

  • master_ginger

    Gearbox is cautious of Ouya? How ironic. I’m cautious of Gearbox after A:CM.

  • Really? Out of all the things about Ouya to be concerned with, like the fact a new machine will be replacing it every single year, the only thing that troubles this guy is that it won’t have that large of an install base. Jeez, what console does have a large install base when it first comes out? Is he afraid of the next generation in its entirety?

  • He said DNF was amazing

    People should be cautious of Gearbox. This guy is a pathological liar. Don’t believe a word he says.