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GameStick hits $100,000 funding goal within 30 hours of Kickstarter launch

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PlayJam's Android-based games console GameStick has hit its $100,000 funding goal on Kickstarter within 30 hours of its campaign's launch on the crowdfunding website.

Backers who pledged $69 for the Gamestick "Early Bird" funding tier receive the portable console at a slightly discounted price. Comparatively, PlayJam plans to sell the GameStick for $79 at launch.

The developer community has also reared its head, with over 300 new registrations on the official GameStick website. A new tier has been added to the console's Kickstarter page, offering early access to its SDK and 30 days premium positioning on the games store for $500.

"The response from the Kickstarter community has been truly overwhelming," says PlayJam CMO Anthony Johnson in a prepared statement. "We are confident in our product and what we hope it will mean for gaming but we were taken aback at how quickly the message was adopted. There is no better feeling than having hundreds if not thousands of people endorse your idea."

In addition, GameStick will provide support for XBMC, an open source media player application, and DLNA to enable the sharing of media between different devices. These will be available through optional firmware updates coming in September, PlayJam announced.

GameStick is scheduled to arrive in April 2013.