As expected the GameStick open source android gaming console has started shipping its first GameStick consoles to developers, however Kickstarter backers will have to wait a little longer for theirs to arrive.
PlayJam has this week announced that they will start shipping Kickstarter backers GameStick console sometime in late June, a few month after the original April shipping date.
GameStick launched on the Kickstarter website back in January and successfully raised over $640,000 helping it make the jump from being just a concept. The delay of the shipments as with many successful Kickstarter campaigns, has been caused by the huge response to the GameStick console.
Originally its developers hoped to start manufacturing thousands of units. But due to its success has now started manufacturing tens of thousands of GameStick console. So a couple of months delay seems acceptable for a new product, successfully funded by Kickstarter. PlayJam explain:
“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 around the world engaged and placing orders for our micro-console. We have GameStop in the US and Game in the UK as our lead retail partners, but with over 5,000 stores between them we are in a remarkable position to scale this project.
With your support and backing we have created something that quite literally could help re-shape the games console industry. Quite a feat if we get it right.”
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