HOW IT WORKS

1. CREATE IT.

As you set up your Kickstarter campaign, include the below copy in the main body of your campaign description to alert potential backers about the Fund and encourage participation and support.


Double Our Fun(ds)!
We're participating in OUYA's #FreeTheGames Fund, created by OUYA to support developers making new and creative console games. OUYA will match your pledge dollar-for-dollar up to your goal amount (and a max of $250,000), so help us get there and make a great game for everyone! To be eligible for this match, we commit that this game will be an OUYA exclusive for a period of time. To learn more about OUYA, go to www.OUYA.tv.


2. SET IT UP.

We need to know that you're joining us on this project, so we need you to take two simple steps: (1) Register your campaign details and (2) agree to the terms and conditions. These steps are required before you launch on Kickstarter to be eligible, so please be sure to complete them.

3. LAUNCH IT.

Launch your Kickstarter game campaign on or after August 9, 2013 and have it end any day on or before August 10, 2014.


4. FUND IT.

To be eligible for matching, you need to (a) meet your funding goal, which should be a minimum of $10,000 (b) play by the spirit of the fund as well as the rules.


5. WE'LL 2X IT.

If your Kickstarter campaign meets the funding requirements and you agree to be exclusive on OUYA for a period of time—beginning the day you launch on OUYA—we'll match 100% of the project goal (capped at $250,000).




FAQs

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS TO THE TYPE OF GAME(S) THAT I WANT TO MAKE?

The short answer is NO—kind of. Projects do need to meet our very light submission guidelines, but we absolutely want to support projects that gamers want to play, and we want to help you take risks. Our greatest hope is that the Free the Games Fund enables you to make a game that couldn't exist anywhere else.


DOES OUYA OWN MY GAME IN ANY WAY OR RESTRICT ME FROM DISTRIBUTING IT ON ANY PLATFORM(S) AFTER MY EXCLUSIVE PERIOD?

No, silly. We're not a greedy BigCo game console. You own your game and are free to distribute it anywhere after the exclusive period ends.


HOW WILL I KNOW WHETHER MY CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY ACCEPTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FREE THE GAMES FUND?

As soon as we receive your email (see above: "Sign It Up") and we confirm that you've accepted the terms and conditions, we will email you a confirmation securing your spot in the Free the Games Fund. If you have any questions or if you don't receive your confirmation email, please contact us at freethegames@OUYA.tv.


IF I QUALIFY FOR THE MATCHING FUNDS, WHEN WILL I RECEIVE PAYMENT FROM OUYA?

Matching funds will be paid out as follows:
50% = When you provide a functional beta.
25% = When your game launches on OUYA.
25% = When the exclusive-to-OUYA period ends.


IS THIS AN ADVANCE AGAINST MY SALES ON OUYA? DO I HAVE TO PAY IT BACK?

No. This is a contribution to you. You still earn revenue when your game launches on OUYA, and some of our early developers are already seeing very nice numbers.


WHAT IF I REACH MY FUNDING GOAL BUT FALL SHORT OF RAISING $10K OR MISS MY FUNDING GOAL ENTIRELY? IS MY PROJECT STILL REQUIRED TO BE AN OUYA EXCLUSIVE?

No. We only require the OUYA exclusivity if we provide funds for your project out of the $1M Free the Games Fund (i.e., you successfully reach your funding objective, surpass $10,000 in funding, and therefore receive matched funds from us).


I LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. AND U.K. CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE FREE THE GAMES FUND?

Unfortunately, not at this time. We launched the fund to support Kickstarter projects given the great experience we had on the crowd-funding platform, so you'll need to meet Kickstarter's requirements. They've mentioned that Canada will be eligible in the near future. You can check out the latest details here.


IF I BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR THE FREE THE GAMES FUND AND NEED TO PROVIDE "GIFTS" (E.G., FREE GAME CODES) TO MY BACKERS ONCE MY CAMPAIGN ENDS, WILL I NEED TO PAY OUYA FOR THOSE CODES?

Nope. We've been there and we know the importance of making sure your backers get something great in exchange for supporting your campaign. So, you're free to create and distribute promo codes equally to the number of backers that contributed to your program.


IF I LAUNCHED MY PROJECT BEFORE THE FREE THE GAMES FUND RULES CHANGED (9/18/2013) WHAT RULES DO I FOLLOW?

All current and future projects must follow the new rules.

SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS

PROJECTS

Bionic Fighters
Platform fighting combat with 4 player online and local multiplayer, featuring characters from popular Indie game titles!



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GET FUNDED

We just need a little information from you. Tell us about yourself and your game, and you'll be ready to roll!

Got a question? Drop us a line at freethegames@OUYA.tv

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