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BlueStacks Announces GamePop, an Android Gaming Console With a Subscription Service

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The company known for bringing Android games to your Mac and PC, BlueStacks, announced today that they are now in the hardware business. Introducing GamePop, a new Android-powered game console, capable of bringing 500+ top Android titles to your big screen TV. What makes GamePop different from other Android game consoles is that GamePop comes coupled with a subscription service. For $6.99 a month, users can access any game they choose from the available selection inside the GamePop market place. 

The console is available for pre-order starting today through the BlueStacks website. Interestingly, when you pre-order the bundled system and subscription, they give you the console and controller for free, but you do have to pay the subscription service at time of checkout. This deal is only available through May, so if GamePop interests you, start doing your research. Currently, there is no word on what the console’s price without the deal is.

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BlueStacks Announces GamePop, Brings Famous Mobile Games to TV

Mobile gaming comes to the living room via new product, service; several top developers on board

Palo Alto, CA  May 9, 2013 – Mobile company BlueStacks today announced a new gaming console and subscription service called GamePop. The system includes a custom console and gaming controller free as part of the $6.99 per month service for May pre-orders only. This marks the first time a gaming console has been offered free with a subscription. The company recently passed 10 million users of its App Player software, which allows mobile games to be played on Mac or PC.

BlueStacks has also announced content deals today with several top game developers for the new platform, including Glu Mobile, Halfbrick, and OutFit7 – makers of the popular Talking Tom series.

“BlueStacks has credibility in the microconsole space that others just don’t have,” said Shainiel Deo, CEO of Halfbrick. “We’ve been a featured partner in App Player since early on and they’ve delivered on every promise in terms of distribution. GamePop is a great incremental channel for us.”

Other Google app-makers with the coveted “Top Developer” badge coming on the platform include the #1 kids app-maker Intellijoy, as well as Deemedya, Chinese wunderkind Droidhen and many more yet to be announced. “Mobile gaming has been taking off the past few years. BlueStacks’ vision is to bring that same experience to bigger screens,” said BlueStacks CEO, Rosen Sharma. The all-you-can-eat pricing model for GamePop lets users enjoy a much broader range of games, just as you can watch more movies with Netflix versus the pay-as-you-go model Blockbuster employed.”

“Mobile gamers continue to show higher levels of engagement and longer play sessions on larger form factors,” said Glu CEO, Niccolo de Masi. “BlueStacks and GamePop offer developers like Glu an opportunity to potentially reach a new audience of gamers with great 3D, high-production value content. We see significant potential in BlueStacks’ approach to the console gaming market.” Developers keep all of the in-app purchases that run through their apps with GamePop – BlueStacks does not take any share. Additionally, 50% of GamePop subscription revenue will be shared back with developers, apportioned by usage.

BlueStacks plans to market GamePop subscriptions directly from GamePop.tv, which went live today. Their main site, BlueStacks.com the company announced for the first time today clocks 1.6 million unique visitors every month and growing. GamePop will also be featured on BlueStacks’ Facebook page, where they maintain a community of 1.2 million fans.

  • Sean Wood

    I wondered where the D-link Boxee Box went off too.. ha ha ha

  • EvanTheGamer

    More like GameFlop.

    OUYA FTW…even though I have yet to receive mine! WHY OUYA WHY?!

    • callumshell1

      The Ouya is a flop too.

      • EvanTheGamer

        We’ll see about that. Everyone seems to love the OUYA(from what I’ve heard) so…thanks for stopping by! :)

        • mustbepbs

          I guess you’re not listening very hard. A lot of people are upset with the Ouya for lackluster game selection, cheap controller with bad input lag, delayed launch, and poor treatment of their sole reason of being able to DO this, which are the Kickstarter backers.

          • michael arazan

            Ouya would have been great if they allowed you to use Google play instead of having to isolate themselves from it. People are already invested in games and apps and media from the market and don’t want to buy a console that would make them rebuy the same games. Plus you can’t use any of your android stuff with it.
            Better off with an android stick withe a keyboard/ controller for your TV

  • Charles Hobbs

    The terms say that there is an early termination fee AND a restocking AND shipping fee, but they’re very vague and don’t say exactly how much any of these fees are???

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Yeah, it’s pretty bad. They don’t even show a total before you click pre-order. No thanks, BlueStacks!

      • EvanTheGamer

        GameFlop FT…..L!

    • r0lct

      Looks like 12 month subscription.

  • Edwin Mann

    IMO mobile gaming is just that mobile. I like playing these games on my note 2 or n7. I can’t see paying them on my big tv. That’s what my ps3 is for

  • http://twitter.com/d_hershberger Doug Hershberger

    Yay, another single purpose box. Why would anyone want to have netflix, or youtube on a games box? Oh, the three major gaming consoles at least allow netflix. Good job Bluestacks, making something that sounds cool, but once you get bored playing phone/tablet games on a big screen, you’re left with another box plugged into your TV/receiver.

  • R Andrew Wright

    Says on the site that the console+controller is 100$ value…

    http://www.gamepop.tv/

  • ddh819

    not into a subscription, but i might be interested in a box that had a tablet profile and had built in support for DS3 controllers and remapping input to screen touches or tilt control

  • Andy Christiansen

    stop with these.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1358017682 Milind Shah

    so, ouya or gamepop ? i guess gamepop would be cheaper if it would be priced around $30-40, which i don’t think so

    • CivilDroid

      Yeah, with a subscription service needed you would think they would make the hardware cheaper to get more people interested.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1358017682 Milind Shah

        but at the same time people who play tons of games at the same time would like it, because of it being a combined 7 dollars

        • CivilDroid

          That is true. If you are a person who buys games on a regular basis it would be beneficial.