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Jan
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Remember GameStick? Well, it was just removed from Kickstarter as a result of an intellectual property dispute. That in itself means Kickstarter is legally obligated to "remove the project from public view until the process is complete or the dispute is resolved," which has been done. That doesn't necessarily mean that the project has been cancelled just yet – GameStick has 30 days to resolve the issue. If it hasn't been sorted out by that time, Kickstarter will then have to cancel it, making GameStick nothing but a memory.

Update: Turns out this is less of an issue that we originally thought. They stated on Facebook that the problem in question can be found in one of the promo videos for GameStick: they "accidentally displayed an image in [the] video that didn't have clearance to be in the video." They're amending the video at this very moment and expect to be back in action soon.

Update 2: It's back now, and all is right with the world.

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The company has already taken to its Facebook page with an official, yet vague statement:

Hi everyone, we've just become aware of this intellectual property dispute on kickstarter. We apologize for any confusion this may cause our backers, supporters and fans. We are looking into this immediately and we will update you as soon as possible.
Love,
GameStick

At this time, that's basically everything we know. We'll keep you in the loop as more info becomes available.

Thanks, Shane!

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Cameron Summerson
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  • Bas

    What's the problem? I'm getting curious. I like the project.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Unknown at this point.

  • Brad Chase

    So what is the property?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      They didn't specify.

    • adrian

      smash cops

  • Gimmy

    They used Apple IP white color would be my guess. J/K

  • Cuvis

    Sucks for them. I don't see the need for this project (between Ouya and Project Shield, I think the ”android-based game console” thing is pretty well covered), but it's a shame to see anyone have to deal with thorny IP issues.

  • gokusimpson

    From James Sorenson via Droid Life

    "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"

    awesomez

  • http://profiles.google.com/dharr18 Dave Harrison

    It is back now. It was due to a game shown in one of the videos they did not have permissions to show.

  • http://twitter.com/videomap videomap

    while waiting for the project, you can play in this mode :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1el4kqRv3gU

  • samusetroid

    I saw the old video which is availible at YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8HXa5Ez5EA

    and the current one on the Kickstarter page here:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/872297630/gamestick-the-most-portable-tv-games-console-ever

    At around 1:20 on YouTubes version it has the UI but on the new version it has a dev playing a game.

    So one of those games in the UI was the claim.. The games aren't in a good visibility but someone who plays those game might reconize them..

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