Kickstarter Fails: The Promising Android Based GameStick Gets Pulled

Just yesterday we posted an update on PlayJam’s innovative GameStick Android portable console, which took a look at their Kickstarter stretch goals because they’ve received more support than initially intended.  Well that is all for not now, because the GameStick has been pulled from the crowd funding website.  Supposedly the GameStick was pulled due to an IP dispute, so if it doesn’t get worked out in 30-days then the project will become null and void for life.

I bet the PlayJam team is experiencing the the biggest nut punch of their collective lives right now.  Bummer, but with all things business you HAVE to triple check the minutia, or tragedies like this can happen, so in the end someone at PlayJam royally funked up.  Head on down past the break for the official Kickstarter statement on the matter.  You’ve been thinking it’s not a good day to be a PlayJam employee…

[UPDATE] – It seems that the GameStick team is already working on a resolution to their IP dispute.  It looks like they used a game in their campaign video that they didn’t have the rights to do so.  Go figure.  I guess this means that they’ll get the GameStick Kickstarter page back up in no time.  Good for them.

GameStick Dispute Response

GameStick says:

Dear backers,

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that we have been temporarily suspended due to a copyright infringement notice. This does NOT RELATE TO OUR DESIGN OR PRODUCT – this relates to one of the games that was exposed in our UI demonstration on our videi that we did not have permission to use.

We are working to quickly edit this video to comply with Kickstarter and we hope to be back up and running as soon as possible. We’re sorry for any confusion or worry this may have caused you but we want you to know that we are on it!

Thanks for understanding.



GameStick Dispute

Hi there,

This is a message from Kickstarter Support. We’re writing to inform you that a project you backed, GameStick: The Most Portable TV Games Console Ever Created, is the subject of an intellectual property dispute.

The law requires that we remove the project from public view until the process is complete or the dispute is resolved. If we are not able to re-post it within 30 days, we will cancel the project, all pledge authorizations will expire, and the project will be permanently unavailable.

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