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Old 06-12-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Cops Alerted To Shut Down Ouya "Presentation" at E3, Kind Of (Not Really)



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“OUYA game developers will be on-hand to demo their games to the public—yep, no credentials required!—so stop by and play some awesome new games with the people who created them! Invite friends, family — hell, invite anyone ‘cuz you’re ALL welcome to join us.”

The Ouya Park had the console on display in a lot across from E3 for anyone to check out. There was a banner directing the public to the site with displays of the games that the Ouya will have on offer.

Yesterday, the folks at Entertainment Software Association rented parking spaces in front of the Ouya setup. In order to block the public from noticing Ouya, they decided to park several semi trucks there. Then, the Ouya team outside of E3 rented their own spaces in front of the trucks to put up banners. Then, the police came.

You can imagine ESA reps stomping their feet and calling the cops to get rid of the rebel nuisance.

The calvary rode in on Segways specially equipped to bring down the E3 freeloaders. What they found was a group of people showing their new product with all the paperwork to legally do so. Those rascals at Ouya may win this round of the E3 standoff, but rest assured that the ESA has more tricks up their sleeve. *Cue maniacal laughter.
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Soon after, the LAPD showed up at the lot and asked to see the company’s permits. After determining that everything was in order, the cops ultimately left without taking any further action.

Sources: GamebreakerTV Article & IGN Article

If you listen closely you can hear the sounds of facepalming as we try to see who will come out ahead.. It reminds me of an old Looney Tunes cartoon, who will be the one to paint the big black circle on the street, so the other guys fall into the "hole" even though it's just a painted circle ala the Road Runner & Wyle E Coyote.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:43 PM   #2
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You have to give Ouya credit for going to E3 in an extremely creative way.
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Technically, they did spend more money on going than Nintendo.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:50 PM   #8
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I've got an Ouya. I wish I knew of the awesome new games they are talking about. It's kinda bleh to me.
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Gathering of Developers did this in the 2000's. E3 doesn't like it because it is disruptive when someone is selling/serving alcohol to minors right across the street from the convention.
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I've got an Ouya. I wish I knew of the awesome new games they are talking about. It's kinda bleh to me.
I've got one too. We can commiserate together.
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So the police ride Segways? Why?
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:09 PM   #12
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They didn't want to actually attend E3, just set up shop directly outside of it? Seems like a douche move to me. Either attend proper or do your own thing somewhere else. Plenty of other spots across the US where E3 isn't currently being held. Were they unfairly barred from participating?
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They didn't want to actually attend E3, just set up shop directly outside of it? Seems like a douche move to me. Either attend proper or do your own thing somewhere else. Plenty of other spots across the US where E3 isn't currently being held. Were they unfairly barred from participating?
I'm going to go out on a limb and say renting a booth inside E3, for the duration of the convention can be quite expensive, even for the Indy developers. Now keep in mind its a product that was fully kickstarted thus far, so I doubt they could afford a booth.

They had legal permits to be there as well.
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I'm going to go out on a limb and say renting a booth inside E3, for the duration of the convention can be quite expensive, even for the Indy developers. Now keep in mind its a product that was fully kickstarted thus far, so I doubt they could afford a booth.

They had legal permits to be there as well.
Yeah, I imagine it is expensive, and it sounds like they were totally legal. Their not being able to afford a booth was my first thought as well. It's still a total douche move. They wanted E3's foot traffic and advertisement, but they didn't want to pay for it like every other attendee. In almost any other context, that'd be stealing. At best it's shameless leeching, which doesn't do a whole lot for me in terms of respecting their brand/company. The ESA has every right to be pissed.

If they were specifically barred from E3 for some reason other than not being able to afford it, then maybe I could get behind them. Not being able to afford it though is just a reason to not go at all.
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E3 is a convention for games. They were showing off a gaming system in a spot they legally rented. But because the spot they rented wasn't inside the convention center, they are douchebags? That's some screwed-up logic. ESA can go fuck themselves.
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E3 is a convention for games. They were showing off a gaming system in a spot they legally rented. But because the spot they rented wasn't inside the convention center, they are douchebags? That's some screwed-up logic. ESA can go fuck themselves.
E3 is a trade show organized and paid for by the ESA. It's not a holiday or publicly observed ritual of some sort, it's a private event held by an organization at a specific location over a specific number of days. There are tons of similar gaming conventions throughout the year all over the world. Many companies even hold their own events.

Ouya, Inc isn't even based out of LA. They can show their hardware anytime, anywhere in the US--even at one of the slew of other shows that might be more affordable--but they chose that specific spot on that specific day. The only reason they held their event in that location, at that time, was to leech off another event that someone else organized and paid for. How is it screwed up logic to think they're douchebags for that? I'm not saying it should be illegal or anything; I certainly think they have the right to do what they're doing. I just don't think highly of them for doing it.

Same day, different spot? Cool. Same spot, different day? Fine. Same spot, same day? Weak. They're blatantly reaping off the ESA's efforts (and the funding provided by every other developer at the show) without chipping in in-kind. They wanted everything the ESA provided by hosting the event, but they wanted to receive the benefits without paying for them. You might not like the ESA in particular, but you'd have to regard the situation in the same light regardless of who's organizing it.



I just know if I'd gone through the trouble of setting up a convention and some guy devised a scheme to show something at my convention while refusing to actually be in the convention, I'd be annoyed...but whatever. What do I know.
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Good of you to extend that freedom to them!

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After determining that everything was in order, the cops ultimately left without taking any further action.
They had legal standing to be there. You like gates and gatekeepers? I'm not fond of them. They erect obstacles to innovation and free enterprise.
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They had legal standing to be there. You like gates and gatekeepers? I'm not fond of them. They erect obstacles to innovation and free enterprise.
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I'm not saying it should be illegal or anything; I certainly think they have the right to do what they're doing. I just don't think highly of them for doing it.
People are legally capable of doing all sorts of things I don't really care for. The legality of their actions is entirely unrelated to my statements.
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Same day, different spot? Cool. Same spot, different day? Fine. Same spot, same day? Weak. They're blatantly reaping off the ESA's efforts (and the funding provided by every other developer at the show) without chipping in in-kind. They wanted everything the ESA provided by hosting the event, but they wanted to receive the benefits without paying for them. You might not like the ESA in particular, but you'd have to regard the situation in the same light regardless of who's organizing it.
I think Ouya got more than they paid for. If the ESA had said nothing, nobody would even have known they were there. As it is, this is the Streisand effect in full force. Now I know Ouya was there and it sounds like ESA was kicking sand in the Ouya's face and trying to bully them.

Maybe they were hoping it would go down this way so, they get more word of mouth. Sounds like the ESA played right into their hands.
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