THE THUMB-SIZED Android gaming console Gamestick keeps adding new stretch goals to its Kickstarter campaign and keeps meeting them.
The console, which is so small that it fits inside its controller, smashed through its Kickstarter funding target of $100,000 in just 30 hours. This led to its first stretch goal, including the open source media player XBMC and streaming system DLNA to the console.
It still has some 20 days left to run and has raised $323,330. This means that it has hit its first new target of $320,000 and will come in either black or white.
The next target is $450,000 and that adds two more colours, red and another that is open to a vote on Facebook. So far the winning colour is dark blue, followed by gun metal grey. Bottom is orange. One further goal will take the funding to over half a million dollars, and will add a microSD card slot.
"We have been inundated with messages of support and suggestions on how to improve Gamestick from both the gamers and developers worldwide who backed our project. Being at the pre-production phase, we have been able to incorporate a lot of these ideas into our roadmap. We were not prepared for that level of input but it has been fantastic," said Anthony Johnson, CMO of Playjam, the firm behind the Gamestick.
"People have asked about ways we can further personalise Gamestick and giving people a choice of colour is a great way of achieving this." Gamestick was the subject of a brief intellectual property dispute that saw it disappear for around four hours yesterday. However, it is back online.
"Hi everyone, we've just become aware of this intellectual property dispute on Kickstarter. We apologize for any confusion this may cause our backers, supporters and fans," said Playjam on its Facebook page. "We are looking into this immediately and we will update you as soon as possible."
While some suspected that it was an issue with hardware it actually related to some content shown in a video.
"We've accidentally exposed an image in our video that didn't have clearance to be in the video. A mistake we are working on right now," explained the firm later. "We should have our edited video up and running soon!" µ