Manufacturer offering SDK kits to interested developers
The Kickstarter campaign for the small game console, GameStick, has closed at 648 percent of its goal. The controller that wirelessly connects to HDTVs proved to be a massive hit with supporters as it raised $647,658 from 5,691 backers.
GameStick chief marketing officer Anthony Johnson expressed his gratitude but said that there is more to come, “The campaign has been an incredible success with support from thousands of backers worldwide but this is just the beginning.”
The tiny controller connects wirelessly to the HDMI port of a TV, and allows users to access developer PlayJam‘s game interface. The small form factor has the company marketing the device as a blend between a console, and a mobile device. This comes at an interesting time considering some are predicting the end of the console era in gaming. The GameStick certainly competes well with a price point of $79, well below modern consoles.
Consumers aren’t the only ones who stood behind GameStick. A few celebrities such as record producer/artist Jermaine Dupri and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal also promoted the Bluetooth-powered device.
GameStick is encouraging developers to market their products on GameStick’s open sourced, Android-based UI. In the wake of its landslide success on Kickstarter, the company is now offering SDK to interested parties. The full launch of of the product is slated for April 2013, with a retail launch also planned.
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