Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

June 12, 2013 -

IGN is reporting that E3 Expo organizer the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) called the LAPD on Ouya's outdoor exhibit. Ouya has been camped out at a parking lot near the LA Convention showcasing its console and the games that are available for it.

Julie Uhrman, founder of Ouya, told IGN that the police showing up was the latest in an ongoing conflict with the ESA. Ouya had their console on display in a lot across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but at around 9am this morning the ESA rented out the spaces in front of Ouya’s display and parked semi-trucks in them to block the display from view. Uhrman said that she felt this was an attempt by the ESA to block people from noticing Ouya’s presence.

To combat this, the Ouya team rented more spots in front of the ESA’s trucks and used those spaces to display banners promoting the console's presence. It was after this move that the ESA called the police, according to Urhman. The LAPD showed up shortly thereafter and asked to see the company's permits. After everything checked out the police left, satisfied.

Urhman tells IGN that the Ouya is being unfairly targeted because the company is not exhibiting inside the ESA's event. Urhman promises to continue to exhibit her company's products and plans to do whatever is necessary to stay relevant during E3.

"If ten more trucks show up, we’ll come up with another idea. I have a few up my sleeve," she told IGN.

Urhman said that she has reached out to the ESA to try to resolve the dispute but has not heared back from the organization.

Source: IGN


Comments

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

Hold on a second. Is there any actual pr oof it was the ESA? 

Or is this all from Uhrman? The article is a lot of Uhrman, "says". 

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

Nope, hearsay and circumstantial evidence so far.  ESA has yet to comment.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

I donno why the ESA would have to bully them.  Their product is even remotely decent (in it's current form).

In related news, I'm selling mine on Craigslist. 

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

Shame you don't like it. I am really enjoying mine. I wish I could get yours but I don't have the spare money at the moment.

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

To it's credit, it's a sexy console, and the controllers feel great.  Unfortunately, looks don't make up for the litany of problems I see in this product.  

The only person who sounded interested was a kid, and he sounded terrified about coming to get the thing so if you scrape up some cash lemme know.  Hell, I might even come down a little on the price cause I feel like I kind of know ya.  You can find my listing in OKC, Video Games on CL if things change.

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

Hmm. Maybe I will talk to my Brother and see if he wants to pick it up. We are both looking to develop for it and it would be good for us both to deploy and test without having to travel.

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

ESA guy 1: "How do we keep people from noticing those darn Ouya folks across the street?"

ESA guy 2: "What if we harass them with petty, juvenile stunts that get all the gaming press blogging about how they are right across the street and we are bullies?"

ESA guy 1: "..."

ESA guy 2: "..."

ESA guy 1: "My god..."

ESA guy 2: "..."

ESA guy 1: "That's the best idea I ever heard.  RELEASE THE HOUNDS!!!"

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

I had actually written up an article on the Ouya last night after finishing up all my other E3 thoughts.

http://randomtower.com/?p=735

This move by the ESA is pretty bold and pretty dumb. 

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

That requires a folded arms Hal response

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

They are there legally fck off ESA.


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Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

I'm confused...why is Ouya not running a booth in E3? Were they denied the opportunity to buy a spot, or are they trying to, ah, 'minimise costs' and not abide by the spirit of the event?

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

They don't give any details on the specifics, but one reason why they chose to be outside the E3 expo is to have a more open and inclusive event and showroom. Something they can't get inside.

Here are a couple of blog posts about it.

http://www.ouya.tv/your-guide-to-ouyapark-e3-2013/

http://www.ouya.tv/developer-demo-schedule-for-e3/

Re: Report: ESA Calls Cops on Ouya Presence Outside E3

Considering E3 is press only, that's a very good reason to do it.

 
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