The big three: Sony PlayStation, Microsoft XBox, Nintendo. It’s been two decades since SEGA left the console wars. For too long the major three have remained unchallenged, that is until 2 days ago when one hit wonder & rap sensation Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em entered the console wars with The SouljaGame Console and The SouljaGame Handheld. But Soulja, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, did not stop there. Oh no. He came after Apple and Dr. Dre’s market share too with his SouljaPhone HT70, SouljaWatch & SouljaHeadphones.
All quality bootleg products made in China that already exist, sold online and marked up in price with his name on it. The laughs, jokes, and criticism online was quick, since his gaming consoles are practically emulators playing ROM’s that legally belong to Nintendo, Sony, etc. Rolling Stone reached out to DeAndre for an interview in his latest and questionable business venture.
How and why he got into the bootleg gaming business: “So first I did a video game. I started off with a video game and I did two actual games. They were on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The first game was called Beef With Soulja and the second game was called Fighting Soulja – Draco Edition. It was like two mobile games I released. They did pretty well and after I made those two games I was like “Man, I want to make another game, but I want to make this game for PlayStation and Xbox and PC.” I was like “You know what? Forget making the video game for Xbox, PlayStation and PC. How about I make my own console?”
On the criticism that he’s selling identical console emulators marked up in price that you can already purchase for far less on Amazon or AliExpress: “Honestly, I just think that when you’re coming out with a new product you’re gonna be criticized. You have to deal with criticism, but I think that once people actually get this product in their hands and get to review it themselves, personally, I think it’ll be a different outcome.”
Designed by SouljaTech in California Made in China pic.twitter.com/BkF37Mxkpd— Soulja Boy (Drako) (@souljaboy) December 7, 2018
On if he’s worried about legal ramifications coming after him: “Honestly, I feel that everything is 100% legit and there will be no reason for any legal ramifications or anything like that. Honestly, I don’t have any worries at all, any concerns, because everything we’re doing is legit. It’s been researched. Everything has been basically confirmed that it’s a green light and we’re good. It’s partly the people from the outside looking in, that aren’t understanding the type of deals that were made behind the scenes that are worried.”
Putting together a big team if you want to help out with console. Ideas, design, concepts contact me I will follow you back let’s make the best console the people have even seen this is only the start— Soulja Boy (Drako) (@souljaboy) December 7, 2018
In order to bring you the hard hitting news nobody asked for, OP attempted to communicate with SouljaSupportChat in order to get more answers on the products and to rate their customer service. All of OP’s questions remain unanswered after two days...
Lil’ Kim and PayPal are shaking.
ONTD, which electronic device(s) from Soulja’s product line interests you most? Do you know how to type a cease a desist letter? Can you spell scam?
Wow made $250,000 from my game console it’s only been less than 24hours since release wtf thank you guys so much 😳🙏🏾— Soulja Boy (Drako) (@souljaboy) December 6, 2018
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