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Another ouch for Ouya
Game developers are unhappy. Game market gurus wonder whether Ouya will ever sell enough consoles to reach critical mass. ... Things have gone so great for Ouya since the big splash it made earlier this year in launching a new kind of video game console with free games. And now, add allegations of fraud to the issues Ouya has to fight.
Two Kickstarter projects tied to the Free the Games Fund, Ouya's fund-matching program for crowdfunded games headed to the console, forced Ouya founder and CEO Julie Uhrman to take to her blog this week as a way to stand behind her company's initiative.
In a Tuesday blog post, Uhrman referenced the success-stories-turned-scandals, writing "the intention behind our Free the Games Fund… seems to have been lost. ...This response surprised us—we thought this was going to be great—how could it not be?" she wrote. "We launched the Free the Games Fund to find great games from the very platform that gave us life. We wanted to make magic happen and help developers bring their games to Ouya."
Recent news of interest to the CNBC Disruptor 50 companies:
Dropbox has a Bill Gates complex
Dropbox CEO Drew Houston fashions himself a Bill Gates-like character, that is, way way back in the 1990s before Microsoft became a stodgy, slow-to-change tech giant who's CEO is on the way out, to the applause of the market.
Earlier this past week, speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Houston said Dropbox had reached 200 million users, up from 175 million in July and 100 million in November.
Houston said the cloud-storage company has been pushing for growth on its enterprise side, while also courting developers to grow its number of apps and integrations. "We have that consumer and enterprise kind of crossover. Microsoft in the '90s is the company that most comes to mind in having this mass opportunity in both places."
Groupon in price war with HotelTonight?
Groupon has acquired last-minute hotel-booking app Blink, which is based in Spain and focused on the European market, for an undisclosed amount. HotelTonight recently announced it had raised a $45 million venture capital round of financing to help fund its expansion.
—By Eric Rosenbaum, CNBC.com.