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Ouya game Gridiron Thunder dated for release after recent controversy

Friday, 13th September 2013 09:19 GMT By Dave Cook

Gridiron Thunder will launch later this month, after being funded through Kickstarter with the help of Ouya’s Free the Games Fund. Recently, the game’s financial backing has caused a wave of controversy, with the head of the game’s development team stating the funding was investigated and nothing sketchy was found.

We reported on the outcry here, in which the game was successfully funded on Kickstarter to the tune of $75,000, but with only just 126 backers.

Regardless, CEO of developer MogoTXT Andrew Won has told Joystiq that the game will hit Ouya on September 30 as a six-month exclusive, as per the initial deal with the platform holder. He also said his funding was investigated and no wrong doing was found.

“Kickstarter conducted a full investigation and found nothing wrong with our campaign,” he told the site. “This is conclusive and our campaign came to a successful close last Sunday. I’ve answered the same question many times and I have nothing more to add. There is nothing left to discuss.”

Speaking with Polygon at the time accusations first surfaced, Won countered, “Some of the first accusations made against us was that we were scam artists who would take the money and run and not build the game that we promised.

“They made this accusation despite the fact that the developers on my team previously worked at companies like EA, Kixeye, Glu and so forth. Did they really think that all 10 of us would run off to Bermuda or the Bahamas with $78,000. It’s almost comical. The current accusations are in the same vein. While we can’t stop people from making baseless accusations, we will prove them all wrong again.”

Let us know what you make of this thorny issue below.

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2 Comments

  1. AngryConsumer

    Ouya RIP!

    #1 12 months ago
  2. MrWaffles

    The model is fine, as long as they pre-screen the devs before getting them in the program. There will be a first one to run with the cash, and it will hurt them tremendously. Hopefully by then, they’ll have the resources to take the hit.

    On a personal note… I’m loving how the change on the mindset post-kickstarter. I’m a SourceForge lurker and so many projects just die because of lack of trust, funds, visibility or a nice platform to get cash. Now this is all changing and even old projects (games ans no-games) are taking a second push.

    #2 12 months ago

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