While there has been some speculation that the Android-based mini-console GameStick will have a hard time competing with the likes of Ouya, that hasn't hampered the enthusiasm of the community. The Kickstarter for the tiny little stick-based Android device designed to simply plug into the HDMI port of most modern high definition television sets has easily destroyed its funding goal of $100,000 in a little over a day and a half.
As of this writing GameStick has raised $158,494 of its $100,000 goal from 1,620 backers with 27 more days to go. PlayJam issued a press release this morning announcing the milestone and saying that they want the device to be highly hackable so hobbyist can do cool things with it. They have also added a pledge upgrade to developers at the $500 level that gives them 30 days of promotion on the game marketplace when it launches.
"The response from the Kickstarter community has been truly overwhelming. 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," says Anthony Johnson, CMO, PlayJam."There is no better feeling than having hundreds if not thousands of people endorse your idea."
Hopefully PlayJam will add more stretch goals to further encourage pledges from the community. The GameStick is to be released sometime in April.