Breaking news – Simultaneous PC, Mac, Linux, and Ouya release!
Many of you have been less than pleased that backers on computers have to wait 6 months to get the game due to the conditions of Ouya’s Free the Games Fund. I am EXTREMELY happy to report that is no longer the case because the Free The Games Fund rules have changed.
As I’ve mentioned to people when they ask about it, we’ve been in close talks with Ouya about The Free the Games Fund since before we launched the project. Ouya has really been very receptive and open to hearing our thoughts. I don’t have a problem with Ouya exclusivity in general. However, I feel (and always felt) that making backers wait 6 months to get the game they funded was not cool. I expressed this to Ouya before our campaign launched, and they understood where I was coming from and wanted to address my concerns.
While there has been some negative press surrounding the FTGF, in my own experience, Ouya has been amazing to work with. Those of you who know me personally know that I am honest to a fault and am perhaps a little too reluctant to give out praise, so that means a lot. The controversy has made other rule changes necessary and delayed the announcement of the new rules, but they are now up and no longer include computers in the exclusivity window! Awesome!
I’ve worked with many big companies, and such change is basically impossible – especially given the timeframe of a few weeks. Ouya isn’t a big company! They are an indie company and were kickstartered just like we are trying to do. Because of that, they can respond quickly.
Perhaps they can’t respond quickly enough. I don’t think anyone is happy about Gridiron Thunder (except the developers). However, campaigns that entered the Free the Games Fund entered a contract with Ouya, so Ouya is legally obligated to pay. As a developer that could really use $175k to make our game (that’s basically our budget once you subtract out kickstarter/reward fees), it pains me to admit that I respect that Ouya has the integrity to honor what they promised – even when people are taking advantage of them. I agree it totally sucks that Ouya is paying the devs of Gridiron Thunder $175k, but I think that is the right (or "least sucky") thing to do given the options available to them.
The net result of the rule changes is that everyone who backs the project will get the game on the same day regardless of platform. Alphas and betas will go up the same day as well. I am super excited about this! I know plenty of people were on the fence about the project due to the Ouya exclusivity window, but it's time to get off that fence!
I’d really like to thank Ouya for listening to me as well as the entire community. Besides this change, they also lowered the minimum funding requirement and added a backer count to prevent situations like Gridiron Thunder. Launching a new console is hard – especially considering they are a pioneer in the soon crowded microconsole market. However, I think Ouya has amazing potential and am excited to develop Neverending Nightmares for it.
Thanks everyone for your support! While I still think it’s going to be a challenge to get all of our funding, I think the challenge just got much easier. :-)