The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese internet giant Alibaba has invested $10 million in struggling game company Ouya.
The report, based on comments from anonymous sources "familiar with the matter", claims Alibaba made the investment last month and is considering integrating the Ouya platform (and its catalog of games) into its own line of set-top boxes.
That would be a first for Alibaba, an e-commerice giant in China that operates sites that function much like eBay and PayPal do in the West. Alibaba software has powered third-party Chinese set-top toxes like the Wasu Rainbow since 2013, but it has never released its own console hardware.
When contacted by Gamasutra, Ouya representatives declined to comment on the veracity of the report.
However, it is in line with Ouya's efforts to liberate its catalog of games from the Ouya console via the Ouya Everywhere program, which began last July when the Ouya app debuted on MadCatz's MOJO microconsole.