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GameStick developer PlayJam hires former PopCap development director

Sameer Baroova, the former development director at Peggle and Bejeweled developer PopCap Games, has joined the ranks of PlayJam, the company behind the tiny GameStick Android-powered console, according to a press release from the company.

Baroova will "play a central role in shaping the future of games on TV," according to PlayJam CCO Charles Tigges. His responsibilities include coordinating with developers about the GameStick.

"PlayJam has played a dominant role in defining the Smart TV games category, and with the launch of GameStick in April, we have the potential to make Android games for TV a fulfilling consumer experience and a desirable space for developers," Baroova said. "I am thrilled to take the role of Head of Games at PlayJam and look forward to the prospect of being a part of this fast evolving games industry. PlayJam is an incredible place to work, full of fun, talented people and having the opportunity to build on its commendable success in the TV Games arena is a real privilege."

GameStick, a combination controller and thumb drive-like mini-console, launched on Kickstarter earlier this year and reached its funding goal within 30 hours. With 16 days to go, the Kickstarter project has received $382,759 of its original $100,000 funding goal as of this writing.

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