Earlier today Gamestick was pulled off of Kickstarter out of nowhere, due to a possible intellectual property issue. The good news is that PlayJam has responded clarifying that this is a temporary issue and that they are working to resolve the problem.
As it turns out, Kickstarter’s reason for taking down the page had nothing to do with the design of the Gamestick or anything to do with the Android gaming system’s hardware. The problem was actually due to a promo video that had a game shown on it that they apparently didn’t have permission to show.
Here’s the official message clearing up the matter from Gamestick’s Facebook page:
This IP issue has NOTHING to do with our design or product! It’s a small snag in one of our promo videos demonstrating a game that was exposed without clearance. An oversight and one that we’re editing in the video now. We’ll get back up and running hopefully as soon as possible.
Thanks, everyone, for your support and understanding!
While this was probably a bit of a scare for those that had already pledged to the project, the good news is that it doesn’t seem to be anything major and is being resolved.
What do you think of the Gamestick, interested in it or not? Conversely, how do you feel it compares to alternatives like the Ouya?