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Gamestick Kickstarter introduces "developer tier"

By Dan Pearson

Gamestick Kickstarter introduces "developer tier"

Wed 23 Jan 2013 3:00pm GMT / 10:00am EST / 7:00am PST

$249 will secure six months of 100% revenue share for your first game

The Kickstarter appeal for the GameStick portable console has introduced a new backing tier for indie developers which, for $249 worth of backing, will entitle them to six months of one hundred per cent revenue share from their first game for the system.

With the device nearing an investment total five times that of its original $100,000 goal, the GameStick has already established a firm customer base. Developers have also been keen to invest, but head of games Sameer Baroova wants to offer something specifically for them.

"In the few short weeks following the campaign launch, we have had hundreds of developers sign up for access to our SDK, from established games studios to smaller Indie developers," says Baroova.

"What better way to repay this incredible support and to accelerate the big screen gaming revolution than with an offer that directly rewards those who were first to support us?"

The PlayJam developed Gamestick uses an Android OS and Bluetooth streaming to bring Android games to the large screen. It joins other devices like the Ouya and Nvidia's Project Shield in a wave of new, low price point hardware devices aimed at disrupting current home gaming models.

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Weird ... I thought Kickstarter rules explicitly banned financial returns.

Posted:3 years ago


Emmanuel Julien Owner, OWLOH

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It's more subtle than that. It's basically a way to subscribe to a special developer program. They won't pay you anything, they will just take less (nothing in that case) of what you will eventually make from the title you developed for their system...

Posted:3 years ago

Yes it looks as if the financial return is not based on how much was paid over in the first place. It's an interesting idea.

Posted:3 years ago


Curt Sampson Sofware Developer

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It's been taken off Kickstarter now while they work out how to make it compatible with Kickstarter's policy about not offering monetary rewards. From the post:

Hello people - just to clear up a couple of things. The reason the pledge tier is effectively on hold is because we used wording which fell foul of KS's policy - effectively offering a reward of monetary value. We're working with KS to hopefully get some wording that will be approved. Until then, we have asked those that have backed to remove their pledges so that we can remove and re-post.

Posted:3 years ago


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