Sep 28th, 2012 publishUpdated   Dec 19th, 2012, 3:53 pm

As we inch closer to the launch of the world’s first Android mini-console, today OUYA announced a few updates for early backers. First off, we all know the OUYA has been generating some buzz with consumers, and yes, even gaining support from a few big name game publishers like Square Enix. But what about smaller game developers and studios? Has the OUYA been met with the same warm reception as consumers? The answer is a resounding, yes.

OUYA announced today that over 1,000 developers have contacted their team looking to get in on the game changing console. Keep in minds that’s in addition to the 800 developers who have backed the console on Kickstarter, looking to get early access to the OUYA development kits. Now after a bit of calculating, that brings the new grand total to about 2,000 developers optimistic about the OUYA’s future and you know what else? We are too.

So much in fact that our parent company Neverstill Media has backed the OUYA at the highest tier on Kickstarter meaning you’ll see our newly launched sister site GameFans emblazoned on the back of every first run console. What’s more is Phandroid was able to get in on some of the action as well, qualifying for the “Elite Developer Special.” That means we’ll not only have direct access to OUYA’s developer team, but we’ll be on hand for the launch event in March. There’s also some whisperings that a Phandroid gaming app could soon be on the way as well.

OUYA also mentioned they’re already in talks with 50 international distributors that will help spread the console to the four corners of the globe. Seems the OUYA is playing all their cards right, gearing up for a huge release, and more launch titles than you can shake a controller at. March couldn’t come fast enough.

[GameFans | Kotaku | OUYA]

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