The OUYA is not just the smallest, but the most open console on the market today. Every console is a dev kit, and today OUYA has launched the Developing Developers initiative to educate would-be game makers in the ways of Android-based development, no matter your skill level.
“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 the head of developer relations at OUYA, Kellee Santiago, in a press release earlier today. And that all starts with the first console-based launch of the Android Integrated Developer Environment (AIDE), a free app that “offers developers an unprecedented opportunity to practically learn the basic coding skills they need to build games from the comfort of their living room.”
The free app contains basic lessons on Java and the Android OS, but offers 46 more detailed lessons for $29.99. In addition to AIDE, the Developing Developers initiative will also offer video guides and workshops on topics ranging from core game design to publishing. OUYA will work with successful game developers, schools, and hobbyists to not only provide an ongoing stream of content, but the AIDE program will be continuously updated with additional content to expand the learning opportunities on the console.
To start the Developing Developers initiative, OUYA has posted a 20-minute video on how to edit code and publish games on the console.
For those interested in the initiative, OUYA urges you to contact TriplePoint PR at email@example.com, or call (415) 955-8500. If you’d like to assist OUYA with the program, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check out OUYA‘s ‘Office Hours‘ Q&A session through Google Hangouts every Monday at 11:30am PST, where you can reach out and get answers live online.
(Source: TriplePoint Press Release)
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