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Ouya is looking to teach Ouya owners how to make Android games
Ouya is looking to teach Ouya owners how to make Android games
August 6, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

August 6, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
More: Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production

If you own an Ouya microconsole and want to start making your own games with it, now's the time: Ouya announced today that it's making a modified version of Appfour's Android Integrated Developer Environment available for free on all Ouya microconsoles.

The Ouya AIDE app is designed to teach users how to start programming in Java for Android devices, and it's modified to work with either a standard USB keyboard or a controller.

The company is releasing AIDE on Ouya as part of its new "Developing Developers" program, an educational initiative aimed at teaching Ouya users the basics of Android game design through interactive workshops and video tutorials.

“Our top priority is fostering the next generation of game developers, even those who have never built a game before but always wanted to,” stated Ouya head of developer relations Kellee Santiago in a press release announcing the program. “Developing Developers is the latest initiative by which OUYA continues to expand beyond the box."

Appfour has agreed to make several of the AIDE app's introductory lessons on Java, Android OS, and game development free as part of the program, but it will cost $30 to unlock access to the full app and its 46 additional lessons.

Ouya claims it will also take steps to address the issue of discoverability in the Android ecosystem, something that many developers feel is the biggest problem facing Android developers.

"As we get more content, we will also evolve [our] systems to better allow players and game makers to find one another," stated Santiago when asked by Gamasutra via email about how Ouya plans to address the problem of discoverability in the various Android marketplaces. "I can’t speak to discoverability on other Android marketplaces, but Ouya has a number of different channels and rankings, and we’ll continue to optimize them."

Going forward, the company also plans to add more tutorials and potentially partner with schools or other organizations to organize game jams and development workshops.

The company has recently attempted to expand its business by making Ouya games available on other Android microconsoles and experimenting with an 'all-you-can-eat' subscription plan.

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Mitchell Turlington
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For the longest, I could only say Ouya had my curiosity. Even after buying Ouya, it reverted to being a curiosity.

I can at last say this again: they've got my attention.

Kujel Selsuru
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This is one of those things about Ouya I really love :)

sam Frankelli
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This is the kind of thing that the haters (fanboys) don't get. I'm new to coding, but have taught myself quite a bit in the last few months. I will surely take advantage of this offering. Chalk another one up for OUYA!

Alan Barton
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Ouya keeps doing good thinks which is great news and I'm tempted to consider supporting it?, but does anyone know how many Ouya's have now been sold? (Its been over a year since its Retail version was released, but I can't find sales figures for it? ... So does anyone have any recent sales figure details?).