TechCruch has confirmed that one of Ouya's founders, product managers, and key designers Muffi Ghadiali is no longer with the company. Helping to found the company in July of 2012, Ghadiali oversaw "Industrial Design, Product Design, Mechanical, Electrical/RF, Firmware" according to his LinkedIn profile. Ouya has praised his work, called him "invaluable during the launch of OUYA" Ghadiali has yet to make a comment about his departure or where he may go next. Do you own a Ouya? Does this concern you? Leave us a comment and let us know how you feel.
There's no better time than the end of a fiscal year for a key company person to leave. That alone shows Ghadiali cares and respects the company enough to exit strategically. It's no secret that the Ouya sales have been low right out of the gate despite it's KickerStarter success and the loss of Ghadiali does little to give hope. Even their one true superstar killer app TowerFall will be coming to the Playstation 4 within the year. At this point I wonder if it's a question of when, not if, Ouya will shut its doors.
It's no secret the Ouya has struggled since launch. Delays, hardware issues, extremely poor (and insulting) marketing choices, lack of quality exclusives, and increased competition have taken their toll on the small hardware startup. The console’s killer app, Towerfall, was recently revealed to have sold only 100,000 copies, despite near universal critical acclaim. With the upcoming PS4 port of Towerfall, it's clear the Ouya isn't a viable platform for developers.
If I had to guess, Ghadiali’s departure signals the beginning of the end for Ouya, and in many ways, the end of the Android console market itself. Devices like the Ouya, GameStick, Mad Catz MOJO, and others have failed to find traction in the marketplace, even with major retail partners and aggressive marketing.
Is the concept of an Android console, at this point in time, simply fundamentally flawed?