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GameStick Pulled From Kickstarter Due to Intellectual Property Dispute (Updated)

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Uh-oh. Looks like the GameStick could be in some trouble. According to emails that backers are beginning to receive this morning, the GameStick is the center of an intellectual property dispute, which has forced Kickstarter to remove the project from their site. The GameStick was fully funded just 30 hours into the campaign, so if they are unable to take care of this business within 30 days, they’re screwed. 

The message from Kickstarter below:

Hi there,

This is a message from Kickstarter Support. We’re writing to inform you that a project you backed, GameStick: The Most Portable TV Games Console Ever Created, is the subject of an intellectual property dispute.

The law requires that we remove the project from public view until the process is complete or the dispute is resolved. If we are not able to re-post it within 30 days, we will cancel the project, all pledge authorizations will expire, and the project will be permanently unavailable.

If you’d like to manage your pledge, you can do so through the project page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/872297630/gamestick-the-most-portable-tv-games-console-ever?ref=email

If you have any questions, we encourage you to message the creator directly. You can also do this from the project page.

Thanks so much for your patience and cooperation,
Kickstarter

There seems to already be a few products out there that are similar to GameStick, but there is no telling which other company is calling foul. We shall await more details and update you all as more info comes to light.

Update: GameStick has released a statement which pretty much clears up the situation and it looks like everything will be fine once they simply edit a video containing a game that wasn’t supposed to be there. Good job, GameStick!

Dear backers,

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that we have been temporarily suspended due to a copyright infringement notice. This does NOT RELATE TO OUR DESIGN OR PRODUCT – this relates to one of the games that was exposed in our UI demonstration on our videi that we did not have permission to use.
We are working to quickly edit this video to comply with Kickstarter and we hope to be back up and running as soon as possible. We’re sorry for any confusion or worry this may have caused you but we want you to know that we are on it!

Thanks for understanding.

Love,

GameStick

Update 2:  Everything appears to be fixed and back up for backing.

Were you a backer?

Cheers Shane and Eric!

  • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

    Love,

  • Austin Mutschler

    I want to know the game that was in question. I will never support that game developer. People will never work together and as long as we don’t we will never move forward to better things.

    • sk3litor

      I personally don’t get it. Its like free advertisement. Its not like they’re giving the game away on the device to where the dev should get royalties. at the least people would say” hey that game looks cool, what is that” , I just don’t get it.

  • http://twitter.com/canoy07 Eric G Canoy

    Hi there,

    This is a message from Kickstarter Support. We’re writing to inform you that the DMCA process for GameStick: The Most Portable TV Games Console Ever Created is complete. The project is now available.

    You can visit the project here:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/872297630/gamestick-the-most-portable-tv-games-console-ever?ref=email

    Thanks so much for your patience,
    Kickstarter

  • Thomas

    Gamestick…giggity giggity

  • http://twitter.com/mczenkus Mike Czenkus

    Crappy specs I don’t see the appeal

  • http://twitter.com/kittygetwet James Sorensen

    UPDATE:
    This IP issue has NOTHING to do with our design or product!

    It’s a small snag in one of our promo videos demonstrating a game that
    was exposed without clearance. An oversight and one that we’re editing
    in the video now.
    We’ll get back up and running hopefully as soon as possible.
    Thanks, everyone, for your support and understanding!

    Love,
    GameStick

    • gokusimpson

      Yay!

    • EvanTheGamer

      Still cannot compete with the OUYA though. They can try, but will fail.

      • j__h

        You have posted many times on this article with negativity towards this product, What do you find so vile about it? Personally I welcome the competition in the space.

        • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

          This is a tech related blog. We can only be fans of one product at a time and have to argue to the death over a winner. Didn’t you get the memo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

      I’m pretty stoked for this. :D it blows my mind that the OUYA isn’t even out yet and there’s already an army of fanboys and zealots.

    • michael arazan

      OMG, God forbid some game get free publicity and being linked to a popular device that people may want to buy for it, the humanity!!

  • Russ

    You’re all wrong. Everyone knows Apple invented this stuff!

    • Russ

      Or if they didn’t yet they soon will and it will be their intellectual property.

      • michael arazan

        Apple wauts to hear new ideas and then steals it and patents it then later trys to sue for it, innovation

  • Michael

    Honestly, i think their product looks a lot like wii products.

    • zurginator

      Only in the sense that it’s white — which the Wii didn’t invent. The industrial design is completely different.

  • http://twitter.com/canoy07 Eric G Canoy

    Tim, so should we pull out of the backer for this?

  • EvanTheGamer

    LOL! Glad that rubbish is going to plague Kickstarter no longer.

    The OUTA FTW!

    • gokusimpson

      You spelled it wrong.

      • EvanTheGamer

        That’s what happens when the Y and the T are next to eachother. lol

  • http://twitter.com/kittygetwet James Sorensen

    Can we call them “Kickstarter Trolls” I think it goes well with Patent Trolls

  • arthur2142

    Haha…I knew Ouya would get them taken down!

  • enob

    Good. It was a rip-off of OUYA.

  • http://twitter.com/j3ffro Jeff Beck

    The first one that spring to mind is Nintendo. They’ve had that design for the control pad patented for decades – which is why every Xbox and Playstation controller have looked just a little different.

    • Danrarbc

      But they typically don’t go after smaller players that use it. Could be it but I’m thinking something else – don’t know what though.

      • http://twitter.com/j3ffro Jeff Beck

        Good point, and I may be completely wrong. That was just the first thing I thought of when I first saw that “Hey, that’s Nintendo’s control pad…”

        • zurginator

          Not really — they have a completely different industrial design. The only thing “Nintendo” about it is the D-pad, but I think even that has enough variation to avoid a suit.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Makes complete sense. GameStick was bound to fail, just didn’t know it would be this early on. lol