Ouya turns to Xiaomi for expansion into Asia

Ouya may be taking its games to China if a deal with Xiaomi could be made. The two companies are said to be in talks ironing out the details where Xiaomi would make Ouya's gaming service available on its set-top boxes and smart TVs.

A report on Reuters says that the details are "still getting hashed out" but likely Ouya will get its own dedicated channel on Xiaomi's hardware.

Ouya Chief Executive Julie Uhrman said details are still getting hashed out but it's likely Ouya will get a dedicated channel on Xiaomi software installed on those devices, on which gamers can shop for and download a selection of its independently developed games later this year, Uhrman said.

If the collaboration is successful, both companies will be sharing revenue.

A partnership with Xiaomi could give Ouya momentum as it eyes an expansion into Asia; Xiaomi quickly rose in a few years to beat Apple and Samsung in market share in China.

Xiaomi will face some competition from Google and its hardware partners once Android TV becomes more available.

Source: Reuters

Chuong H Nguyen