Co-founder of the Ouya Muffi Ghadiali leaves the company of his own volition. The news comes after a statement to TechCrunch regarding Ghadiali and the future of Ouya:
“OUYA is focusing more on the next phase of the business and product development. We’ve made some recent changes including the departure of Muffi Ghadiali who was invaluable during the launch of OUYA. As is to be expected, OUYA is an ever-changing business, and as we continue to grow our needs shift accordingly.”
Ghadiali led key teams at Ouya responsible for hardware and firmware development and design. Before joining the company he was in charge of devices such as HP media and all-in-one touchscreen PCs. The Ouya hasn’t been doing well in the consumer market, and sales of software on the system have been suffering as well. Perhaps this may have prompted Ghadiali to leave the company due to its rocky standing in the market.
In any case, people jumping ship on a company is never a good thing. The future of the Ouya and indeed Android based consoles has seen better days. Something definitely needs to change in order for cheap Android consoles like the Ouya to become profitable. At the moment, the overall quality of games on the store is low, and even reductions in price (or even the free titles) aren’t enough to warrant good sales. Ouya just doesn’t have the brand power that Steam does, it’s more like the oddity your friend buys and you play over at his house. Then it either gathers dust or becomes a low power media streaming PC, which it actually does a great job at. I hope it doesn’t die, but it isn’t looking good.
Last Updated: January 16, 2014