The PlayJam team is ecstatic as its Kickstarter project achieved its goal in just 30 hours. With 100 pledges in less than 2 days’ time, the GameStick reached its $100K goal. On top of that, the team announced that it is adding XBMC and DLNA to the GameStick and launching the gaming console on April 13 this year. Anthony Johnson, the CMO of PlayJam said in a press release:
“While we are shipping as a dedicated games console, we are keen to ensure that users have the ability to hack the device if they so wish and will be providing support for XBMC & DNLA via an optional firmware update in September. We encourage users to hack the device – the time for closed, proprietary systems is ending which bodes well for true innovation”
A similarly funded project from Kicistarter, OUYA, got XBMC support last summer, with both of them being Android-based gaming consoles. GameStick is aiming to be ‘The Most Portable TV games Console Ever Created’ and it looks like users are very excited to try it out. If you missed the $70 tier but want to receive the product soon after launch, you could opt for the next tier where you need to pledge $79 for the console.
Though there is much hype about the console, there is no mention about the games being available with the GameStick. The Kickstarter page does say that there are going to be 200 “great to play” games for the GameStick, without any specifics.[press]
GameStick Change Pledge Tiers to offer Developers Even More
London & San Francisco; January 4th, 2013; The team behind the GameStick raised a glass yesterday evening in thanks to the 1000+ Kickstarter backers that pushed them over their $100,000 funding goal in just 30 hours.
“The response from the Kickstarter community has been truly overwhelming. We are confident in our product and what we hope it will mean for gaming but we were taken aback at how quickly the message was adopted,” says Anthony Johnson, CMO, PlayJam.“There is no better feeling than having hundreds if not thousands of people endorse your idea.”
The team has been busy keeping up with the hundreds of questions and requests that continue to come through the Kickstarter message boards and in response have today announced support for XBMC & DNLA, two of the most sought after features.
“While we are shipping as a dedicated games console, we are keen to ensure that users have the ability to hack the device if they so wish and will be providing support for XBMC & DNLA via an optional firmware update in September. We encourage users to hack the device – the time for closed, proprietary systems is ending which bodes well for true innovation”, concluded Johnson.
GameStick is described as ‘The Most Portable TV games Console Ever Created’. The team behind the project are passionate about accelerating the race to change the face of big screen gaming with a product that will now, as promised, launch in April of this Year.
Supporters flooded to the Kickstarter page just moments after the campaign launched and began pledging. The ‘Early Bird’ pledge tier, giving backers the chance to grab themselves a GameStick at a discounted rate, proved so popular that it sold out in a matter of hours resulting in people moving in droves to the next tier. At the time of writing, the average pledge towards GameStick was $98.
Interest from the developer community has been extremely strong with over 300 registrations on the www.gamestick.tv website and a new tier offering early access to the SDK and 30 days premium positioning within the games store having been added for $500.
GameStick will feature a purpose-built game store through which users will be able to browse and download content. The proposition will be powered by PlayJam’s existing Games Network for Smart TV which currently supports developers such as Relentless Software, First Star Software, and Disney.
To visit the Kickstarter page and pledge your support, please visit: http://kck.st/12SSvMO
To visit the GameStick website for more information or to apply for an SDK please go to : www.gamestick.tv
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PlayJam is the premier global platform for casual and social games on TV. By partnering with
all major TV brands, we’ve created the largest and most vibrant games network for millions of
players around the world.[/press]