A few weeks ago, we told you about a new initiative between OUYA and the folks at Kill Screen. OUYA CREATE, something they’re calling a “Game Jam,” was started to help stimulate OUYA development ahead of its spring debut. We’d call it more of a development competition than anything as some major bucks are involved for those who come up with games nice enough to impress the judges.
Up for grabs is about $45,000 in cash and prizes, including a $20,000 grand prize to whoever creates the title that impresses the most. It seems the initiative was a great success so far as OUYA has just updated us with some very interesting numbers. In 10 days, there were 166 new game prototypes submitted for the competition from developers stationed all across the world. Entries came from the likes of Germany, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, the United States and more.
It sounds like the submission period is wrapped up, though, and the judges are getting ready to tell us who they believe is the cream of the crop. Winners will be announced in just a couple of weeks’ time so we’ll be seeing the potential future of OUYA quite soon.
Note that not all of these prototypes are going to be AAA beasts — you can expect some bland-looking titles to be swimming about as people had very little time to work with. In terms of genres, there will be a nice variety as entries range from dungeon crawlers, action RPGs, brawlers, 4-player shooters, TCGs, platformers, word games, puzzlers and more.
Hell, some of the titles on this list might never even make it onto OUYA — after all, they’re just prototypes and we imagine only the winners will be fully motivated to finish the job and launch the games. Still, it’s great to get a glimpse at what the gears that will make OUYA turn,the developers, are thinking about as we approach the launch of one of Kickstarter’s most monumental successes yet.