GameStick: The Most Portable TV Games Console Ever Created

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Putting Big Screen Gaming In Your Pocket.
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Dates: Jan 2nd -> Feb 1st (30 days)
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December 28th - via:
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GameStick public launch delayed, backers reporting crashes

November 8th - via:
The public launch for PlayJam's GameStick Android-based microconsole has been delayed to Nov. 15 due to production delays, PlayJam chief marketing officer Anthony Johnson confirmed to Polygon this morning. (Read More)

GameStick review: the Android console battle is on

November 1st - via:
One cheap, Kickstarter-backed indie console takes on another (Read More)

GameStick review: Stickin' it to conventional consoles?

October 29th - via:
Ben Griffin checks out the PlayJam GameStick, the Android console that fits in your pocket (Read More)

GameStick Dock Arrives At The FCC

October 2nd - via:
Last week the new and Kickstarter funded GameStick console made it way through the FCC hinting that the new Android open source games console could finally be edging towards an official launch date later this month on October 29th 2013. (Read More)

GameStick launch pushed once more, now arrives on October 29th

September 12th - via:
The second Kickstarter-funded, Android-powered gaming console to arrive this year -- PlayJam's GameStick -- is being delayed once again, this time to October 29th. Folks who backed the game console on Kickstarter will get it earlier in the month, with shipments arriving "three to four weeks before retail." The rest of us can pick it up at GameStop, Amazon or GAME (for you UKers), and it'll cost the expected $79.99 / £79.99. (Read More)

GameStick Console Launch Now Moved into August

June 20th - via:
The company wants extra time for feedback on the user interface. (Read More)

GameStick Launch Delayed Again, Now Shipping In August

June 19th - via:
You might be pleased to learn that the GameStick production is edging closer to completion, but a little disappointed to learn that the GameStick launch date has now been pushed back once again and the company will now start rolling out devices during August of this year. (Read More)

Ouya competitor GameStick launch slips, extends Ouya's exclusive occupation of retail shelves

June 19th - via:
Ouya and GameStick both do pretty much the same thing: bring Android games and apps to your television. After a rough soft-launch to Kickstarter backers, Ouya has been improving. So will gamers wait for GameStick? (Read More)

Launch of Gamestick Android Console Pushed to August

June 19th - via:
The release of the Kickstarter-backed, Android-based GameStick has been pushed back one month due to production delays. (Read More)

GameStick delayed until August while waiting for user UI feedback

June 18th - via:
GameStick first appeared around the the first of this year, promising its Kickstarter supporters an Android gaming console that looks more Roku Streaming Stick than OUYA. Since then, GameStick has gathered its cash and started shipping out dev units, but its commercial release has already been delayed once, and today the project got pushed back another month. That means that GameSticks won't start shipping until early August. (Read More)

E3 2013: We can make money on our $79 unconsole says GameStick

June 12th - via:
E3 2013 is all about the rise of the unconsoles. One such is GameStick, so we spoke to CMO Anthony Johnson about the Android-based gaming system for your smart TV, which was an early Kickstarter success. (Read More)

PlayJam Sticks It To The Video Game Giants

June 8th - via:
GameStick will launch with 100 titles and the company promises it will ramp quickly from there. For consumers who value the tactile controls or may not want to drain down their phone battery as they play on the big screen as well as for the company’s equally embryonic competitors, it’s game on. (Read More)

Kickstarter Funded GameStick Releases E3 Trailer

June 7th - via:
Whilst the spotlight at this year’s E3 will no doubt be on Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, PlayJam has still managed to gather a considerate amount of attention towards their new GameStick trailer that has been conveniently placed just ahead of E3. The trailer shows a young man and woman as they both sneak into into a cinema screening room to plug their GameStick into the big screen and play together. (Read More)

GameStick unboxes Kickstarter edition console and controller

April 23rd - via:
Earlier this month we heard talk of shipping delays for the GameStick game system. The good news however is that the GameStick has since begun shipping. In fact, thanks to a recently posted unboxing video, we now know the GameStick began shipping to Kickstarter backers last week. Putting that bit of good news aside, it looks like those 5,691 Kickstarter backers can now get a look at what will be arriving. (Read More)

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April 9th - via:
Tooling and delay Looking through some of the comments you have been making there is a concern about the quality of the tooling we have selected for GameStick. Lets try and address this. The tooling we had originally anticipated using was based on a... (Read More)

Android Home Gaming Console GameStick, A Kickstarter-Funded OUYA Competitor, Gets Its Release Delayed Til June

April 9th - via:
GameStick, a would-be OUYA competitor that we wrote about back in January when it launched its Kickstarter campaign, has been delayed. The device achieved backing on Kickstarter in February and originally planned to start shipping in March, with “fulfilment to customer” pegged for April. But the launch has now been delayed until June — with the project creators saying it’s been a victim ”of the success we have created”. (Read More)

GameStick delay underscores the gamble of Kickstarter

April 8th - via:
PlayJam has delayed the release of its GameStick console, prompting gripes from some of its Kickstarter supporters. PlayJam representatives said unexpected demand caused the delay. “The main production run has gone from a few thousand units to tens of thousands of units,” PlayJam recently said on the GameStick Kickstarter page. “This has meant that we have had to change production methods and move to high volume tooling.” (Read More)

GameStick Kickstarter Units Delayed To June

April 8th - via:
PlayJam announced earlier this year its Kickstarter backers should expect their units to start shipping out later this month, but it looks as though that was wishful thinking on their part as the company is delaying those initial shipments for two months. (Read More)

Gamestick console release date delayed

April 8th - via:
The UK-designed Gamestick handheld console, due to launch this month, has been delayed due to "high demand". (Read More)

GameStick Android Console Developer Units Shipped, Kickstarter Units Delayed Until June

April 7th - via:
Kickstarter backers won’t be seeing their GameSticks until the middle of June due to some manufacturing changes (which seem to be de rigeur with these Kickstarter darlings that experience an unexpected demand for volume.) (Read More)

Production Update.

April 6th - via:
Huge Momentum.When we started this project we were unsure how successful it would be. Our expectation was that we would do an initial run of a few thousand units and then go from there. What happened next was a whirlwind. We’ve now got 27 retailers... (Read More)

GameStick at GDC

April 4th - via:
Hello Backers, Last week we sent a contingent to San Francisco to demo the GameStick Dev kits at the annual Games Developer Conference – one of the industry’s biggest events and one of our most successful shows to date - winning us a ton of media... (Read More)

PlayJam Forms Alliance with Pivos to Bring XBMC support to GameStick

March 25th - via:
Press Release:GDC San Francisco, 25th March 2013: PlayJam, operator of the worlds leading Smart TV games network and creator of GameStick, today announces a wide-ranging, official partnership with Pivos Technology Group to bring full integration of... (Read More)

Dev Kits, Partnerships and Further Updates

March 19th - via:
Hello everyone, Jasper has just returned from China and we wanted to give you another update of how things are going in production. The DEV unit is now in production and will ship later this month. It is basically a pre-production prototype with a... (Read More)


March 12th - via:
Hi everyone, 40 days ago our project was funded and you made this dream come true. A lot has happened since then and a lot still has to happen.First of all the good news: Even though we have seen a delay in production, we still think we can make it... (Read More)

The Portable (and Affordable) GameStick Is Now Available For Preorder

February 15th - via:
GameStick, a small, pocketable console that uses your TV as a screen, completed a stellar Kickstarter campaign on Feb. 1 ($647K pledged of a $100K goal) and is available for preorder online starting today. (Read More)

GameStick: After the Kickstarter, what comes next for the Android-powered pocket gaming console

February 6th - via:
Last month, I wrote about the GameStick, the pocket-size Android-powered gaming console. They set a goal of $100,000, but far exceeded it by raising more than $647,000. They’ve even taken to incorporating fan/donor feedback into the final version of the product (coming out in April) and are creating a wireless docking station. After the Kickstarter was over, I once again spoke with Anthony Johnson, the CMO, via email to discuss how everything went, what comes next and more. (Read More)

100 minutes to go people!

February 1st - via:
For those of you who have pledged $1 - time get get your GameStick and be a part of history! Love GameStick  (Read More)

GameStick Kickstarter Closes at Over Six Times its Initial Goal

February 1st - via:
GameStick, the tiny indie games console has come to the end of its run on Kickstarter and managed to raise more than six times its original goal. The company was aiming for $100,000 and has closed at $647,658. (Read More)

GameStick wraps up successful Kickstarter run with nearly $650K

February 1st - via:
With a sum totaling around six times what the folks at PlayJam initially requested, the GameStick Kickstarter campaign can certainly be called a success. (Read More)

GameStick Kickstarter closes at just under $650K

February 1st - via:
With three days to go the fundraiser cleared the $500K mark, but a surge saw it soon pass its last stretch goal of $560K. That means the miniature console, which can plug directly into a TV's HDMI port, will be available in four colors including white, black, red, and one voted for by its Facebook community. (Read More)

GameStick Android console makes six times Kickstarter target

February 1st - via:
Not quite OUYA but credible - GameStick, the slender games console due in April from the PlayJam team, has finished its Kickstarter fundraising campaign with six times the funding target. (Read More)

GameStick Kickstarter campaign closes with nearly $650k in funding

February 1st - via:
The GameStick console launched on Kickstarter back in early-January and since then it seems to have attracted quite a bit of attention. In fact, the game console attracted so much attention that the initial funding goals we quickly meet and additional perks were added as new funding levels were reached. (Read More)

GameStick Kickstarter Closes With 648% of Funding Goal

February 1st - via:
Crowd-funding efforts for "the most portable TV games console ever" raised over $647,000. (Read More)

GameStick Kickstarter ends at $647,658

February 1st - via:
GameStick: The Kickstarter fund for Android-based Micro-cosnole GameStick has come to close at more than half a million dollars over its original target of $100,000. (Read More)

GameStick console makes six times Kickstarter goal

February 1st - via:
PlayJam's Android gaming system generates $647,658 on funding site Kickstarter. The system attracted donations of $647,658 (£412,147) on a target of $100,000 (£63,637), which is enough funding to ensure that the machine will be available in four colors at launch. (Read More)

GameStick Kickstarter campaign ends at $647,658

February 1st - via:
After 31 days of campaigning on Kickstarter, PlayJam (the company behind GameStick) has finished its final day and ended up with a total of just under $650,000 in contributions. The project actually surpassed its $100,000 goal in just two days, and edged past the $500,000 mark with just three days to go. The GameStick is expected to ship to all of its customers by April, and the company just got done making final revisions to the portable gaming console, making the controller a bit more rounded, and adding a microSD card slot to the HDMI dongle. If everything goes as planned, the company expects to ship out its first commercial run by next month. (Read More)

Working with Miracast

January 30th - via:
StreamingWe promised a little more on this yesterday. If you look ahead a few years we believe that the components required to run a game will sit in the controller. This is why we spent so much time trying to make the computing device small enough... (Read More)

GameStick: Designed by Kickstarter

January 29th - via:
Product Update by Jasper Smith, CEO What an amazing month. The Kickstarter campaign has been a hugely rewarding experience for our team and has allowed us to validate our invention, gain confidence in the idea and with over 500% of the targeted... (Read More)

GameStick, flush with Kickstarter cash, revamps its controller

January 29th - via:
GameStick, a tiny Android-based game console and companion controller, is sporting a fresh design as its Kickstarter campaign winds down. (Read More)

PlayJam reveals final GameStick design based on Kickstarter feedback

January 29th - via:
Kickstarter isn’t just for crowdfunding. The website also provides an ample platform for crowdsourcing decisions about a project. That’s what developer PlayJam did with its Android-based GameStick microconsole. It has little more than 60 hours left to gain additional funds on top of the $517,000 it already raised. To drum up excitement in the final hours, the designers of the thumb-drive-sized game console revealed the product’s final design. A lot of the changes came from backer suggestions. (Read More)

Kickstarter Comments Spark 11th-Hour Redesign of Tiny Game Console

January 29th - via:
Playjam, the maker of the Android-powered videogame-console-in-a-controller GameStick revealed a vastly upgraded design today in response to feedback from Kickstarter backers. GameStick originally sported a blocky shape and thin discs for analog control. Now the control sticks are taller, the buttons have had rubber added for comfort, and several features like MicroSD support and wireless charging via an optional dock have been added. (Read More)

GameStick Kickstarter adds new indie dev-targeted tier, trades $250 for six months of 100% revenue

January 23rd - via:
The PlayJam folks are taking another cue from the Android-powered Ouya with their own GameStick, today adding a dev-focused $250 tier to the already successful Kickstarter campaign. The twist with GameStick's dev tier is its aimed at indies, and it offers a six month window of 100 percent revenue on any games released before July 2013 (in addition to a GameStick bundle, of course). (Read More)

Kickstarter kills new GameStick backer tier that gives devs 100 percent share of sales

January 23rd - via:
Kickstarter contacted GamesBeat to tell us that GameStick’s revenue-sharing tier is against the crowdfunding site’s official guidelines. This new tier violates the section that bans financial incentives. (Read More)

Android based Gamestick adds a dock to Kickstarter campaign

January 21st - via:
THE ANDROID BASED fun-sized games console Gamestick has met another fundraising target and added more features to its plans. The console had a fundraising target of $100,000. It is 11 days away from ending its Kickstarter stay and has already raised four times as much as that. It is now on its way to raising half a million dollars. (Read More)

Gamestick pulled for an Intellectual Property Dispute

January 10th - via:
[via Kicktraq] I just received an alert, and it looks like GameStick, the latest Android gaming console darling, just got pulled for an intellectual property dispute/claim. At the time of being pulled, it had raised over $300k and was on track to raise more than $1m.

Update (1:40pm EST): Gamestick posted, via twitter, "Hi! Our IP issue has NOTHING to do with our product/design. It was an oversignt in our KS video. We're editing it to get it back up and running."

Update (2:30pm EST): Gamestick posted, via twitter, "Our Kickstarter is BACK! Check this out! Love, GameStick: "  (Read More)

Kickstarter takes down GameStick project due to intellectual-property dispute

January 10th - via:
Moments ago, Kickstarter removed the GameStick project from its website due to a dispute over intellectual property. The tiny Android-powered GameStick console's Kickstarter page is no longer accessible. Kickstarter removed the project as part of its normal procedure for dealing with these type of complaints. (Read More)

GameStick Removed, Returned To Kickstarter After Copyright Complaint

January 10th - via:
The GameStick, a Kickstarter project we covered at launch that aimed to take what OUYA was trying to build in an Android-powered home gaming console and fit it into a device the size of a flash drive ran into some trouble today. (Read More)

Promotional Video Slip-Up Gets GameStick's $200,000 Kickstarter Taken Down Briefly [Updated]

January 10th - via:
GameStick, a prospective Android gaming platform that easily surpassed a $100,000 funding goal within days of being listed on Kickstarter, has had its fund drive pulled by Kickstarter in light of "an intellectual property dispute." That decision is per Kickstarter itself. (Read More)

GameStick pulled from Kickstarter due to IP dispute (update: it's back!)

January 10th - via:
The Android-based gaming console GameStick was just pulled from Kickstarter, according to an email we just received from Kickstarter support. Its project page is no longer accessible, and the only information given in our support email says it was removed due to, "an intellectual property dispute." (Read More)

Kickstarter removes GameStick project following an 'intellectual property dispute' (Update: Project reinstated)

January 10th - via:
GameStick, the portable Android gaming console that runs on a stick, has been pulled from Kickstarter. Anyone attempting to access the project page will be presented with a message saying that the product "is the subject of an intellectual property dispute and currently unavailable." It’s unclear exactly what problems GameStick is facing, but the removal comes shortly after the project surpassed its initial Kickstarter goal of $100,000. (Read More)

GameStick Pulled From Kickstarter Due to Intellectual Property Dispute (Updated)

January 10th - via:
GameStick has released a statement which pretty much clears up the situation and it looks like everything will be fine once they simply edit a video containing a game that wasn’t supposed to be there. Good job, GameStick! (Read More)

GameStick gets expandable microSD ... if its Kickstarter campaign tops $560K

January 9th - via:
GameStick -- that other Kickstarter-funded Android game console -- may get microSD support added ... that is, if it's Kickstarter campaign tops $560,000. (Read More)

GameStick Android Games Console Kickstarter Goal Secured In Just 30 Hours

January 7th - via:
Android gamers interested in the latest gaming console named GameStick to be making its way into the market via Kickstarter, will be pleased to learn that the GameStick development team has announced that the project is was funded in just 30 hours of starting their campaign to raise funds. (Read More)

PlayJam's GameStick: Does it need Kickstarter?

January 7th - via:
Develop speaks to company CMO Anthony Johnson and asks why it can't fund the project itself. Last Wednesday Smart TV outfit PlayJam followed in Ouya’s footsteps by taking to crowdfunding website Kickstarter with its own Android console, GameStick. (Read More)

GameStick topples Kickstarter goal in 30 hours, adds XBMC and DLNA post-launch

January 4th - via:
Now that PlayJam's Kickstarter project, "GameStick," is funded -- reaching and crossing it's $100K goal in around 30 hours with over 1,000 backers -- the team's turning to other news, like adding XBMC and DLNA support. (Read More)

GameStick portable gaming console cruises on Kickstarter

January 4th - via:
Kickstarter continues to be the gamer's best friend. The latest project to blow past its goal is GameStick, a sort of Raspberry Pi meets Ouya creation that reached its $100,000 goal by day two of its crowdfunding campaign and has already ladled $70,000 more of green gravy on that figure with 27 days still to go. (Read More)

Tiny Android Games Console GameStick Will Support XBMC and DLNA

January 4th - via:
Android-based games console GameStick, which reached its Kickstarter funding target in 30 hours this week, has announced support for the popular XBMC media hub software and the DLNA media sharing spec. (Read More)

GameStick Surpasses Kickstarter Funding Goal

January 4th - via:
While there has been some speculation that the Android-based mini-console GameStick will have a hard time competing with the likes of Ouya, that hasn't hampered the enthusiasm of the community. (Read More)

The Most Portable Game Console Ever Crushed Its Kickstarter Goal In Under 30 Hours

January 4th - via:
Consoles and video games are pricey and bulky. But what if you could pay $80 for a sleek, mobile solution? GameStick is a Kickstarter project with that promise. It's an Android-powered console that is open, portable, and available as early as April. (Read More)

Android Console 'GameStick' Reaches Kickstarter Funding Goal, Proves People Will Throw Their Money At Basically Anything

January 3rd - via:
Stop me if you've heard this one before: An Android-powered that's and will and change FOREVER. I have my own personal skepticism around Kickstarter projects to begin with, so bear with the cynical jabs. GameStick is an Android gaming console on a USB stick, and it just reached its $100,000 Kickstarter funding goal. Go ahead and listen to the pitch video. In fact, I'll transcribe the first part for you, because it's just so... nauseating. (Read More)

GameStick Reaches Kickstarter Goal Of $100,000 After Two Days

January 3rd - via:
We reported on GameStick yesterday, and after finding itself on Kickstarter for two days, it has already reached its $100.000 it was attempting to raise in 30 days. This leads us to believe either there are a lot of gamers out there with extra cash to burn, even after the holidays have ravaged most of our wallets, or many people believed in the future portable gaming device. (Read More)

GameStick hits Kickstarter goal within 24-hours

January 3rd - via:
GameStick, PlayJam’s portable Android games product, has reached its Kickstarter goal within 24-hours. The Android-based system has 1,091 backers who have pledged $102,529 toward its $100,000 goal – and there’s still another 28 days left on the project. Other than a sincere thank you from the developers, as of press time new stretch goals haven’t been announced, so keep an eye on the Kickstarter page for more information. (Read More)

PlayJam takes on Kickstarter with Android console

January 2nd - via:
Casual games firm PlayJam has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new console that plugs directly into a TV’s HDMI slot. The new device, aptly titled GameStick, will run Android games and come with a Bluetooth controller. The stick-shaped console then slots into the controller for easier portability. (Read More)

GameStick console Kickstarter launches as competition for the OUYA

January 2nd - via:
We have been seeing quite a bit in terms of the OUYA game console lately. And well, it looks like another console is now in the works. One that could potentially be some competition for the OUYA. This new console is called the GameStick and it has recently launched as a Kickstarter project. (Read More)

GameStick Launches OUYA Competitor On Kickstarter, Aims To Be The First Pocketable Android Home Gaming Console

January 2nd - via:
OUYA, the Android-based gaming console that made waves when it first launched on Kickstarter last year, met its first shipping target at the end of December when it sent out development consoles to early backers. Now in the new year it faces a direct competitor, one that is also seeking financial backing from the crowdfunding site, in the form of GameStick. (Read More)

Watch Out Ouya, Android-Based GameStick Hits Kickstarter

January 2nd - via:
The first 1,200 Ouya developer units were shipped just last week, but the Android-based game console already has some competition. In the world of portable direct-to-TV gaming, Ouya made a splash when it earned $8.6 million in online donations. PlayJam, which launched a Kickstarter campaign today, is also hoping to garner support for its GameStick product. (Read More)

GameStick Kickstarter Appears, Another Affordable Android Gaming System

January 2nd - via:
The bigger consoles may soon be taking the backseat, as more affordable and pocketable gaming platforms are emerging with the help of Kickstarter. The newest Android-powered device is called GameStick, and it certainly is interesting. (Read More)

PlayJam launches Kickstarter campaign for game console on a USB stick

January 2nd - via:
PlayJam is touting its GameStick as the "most portable TV games console ever created." It is an Android video game console on a universal serial bus (USB) stick. And the company has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 via Kickstarter today. (Read More)

Kickstarter project puts an Android game console in a two-inch stick

January 2nd - via:
The Ouya is no longer the only Android-based TV game console Kickstarter project out there. Today, the world met the GameStick, an extremely small, $79 wireless console built on top of Jelly Bean. (Read More)

GameStick Android gaming console: Kickstarter project seeks $100,000

January 2nd - via:
We didn’t have to wait very long to discover what 2013′s first big Kickstarter project would be. Via Ars Technica, we give you the GameStick, an Android-based two-inch long stick that plugs directly into a controller and acts as a highly portable gaming console. (Read More)

OUYA console competitior GameStick launches Kickstarter campaign

January 2nd - via:
It was only a matter of time before Ouya’s successful Kickstarter campaign sparked other inventors to follow in their footsteps with similar concepts. That time is upon us as a new project known as GameStick aims to offer a competing product with a few refinements that might be worth your hard-earned money. (Read More)

GameStick starts tiny console Kickstarter

January 2nd - via:
GameStick isn't the first Android-powered low-cost games console to hit Kickstarter. It isn't the first to promise an open environment for developers and competitors alike with freely available manufacturing specs and development kits. It may be the first one to cram the system into a flash-drive-sized HDMI stick which can fit in its own controller. (Read More)

2013′s first hot Kickstarter project: An Android-based gaming ‘console-on-a-stick’ - Yahoo! News

January 2nd - via:
We didn’t have to wait very long to discover what 2013′s first big Kickstarter project would be. Via Ars Technica, we give you the GameStick, an Android-based two-inch long stick that plugs directly into a controller and acts as a highly portable gaming console. The GameStick team says that their goal with the new mini-console was to create “a big screen games console that was so small you could pop it in your pocket… so you can take all your games with you to any TV you like.” As far as titles go, GameStick developers so far have “identified 200 [Android] titles that will be great to play on GameStick” and are also “working with our network of over 250 developers (Read More)

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