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Update #41

Production Update.

Dear Backers,

Firstly, thank you for bearing with us during these final stages. As usual, we have been spread very thin these past few weeks with teams in China, the US and South Africa so apologies for the time elapsed since our last update – our heads remain firmly down and focused on the task at hand.

Last week, there was a piece in the media that incorrectly stated that we had started shipping, which caught us on the hop. By the time we had contacted that outlet with clarification, the news had already spread. The piece had been based on an earlier update and we apologize for any confusion that this may have caused.

This week the stick PCBs for the Kickstarter run arrived at the factory - 12 days later than planned. We're now fully expecting the run to complete the week of the 23rd of September with product picked, packed and ready to ship by air on the 30th to the regional depots from which they will be fulfilled. Its a little later than our last estimate and for that we are sorry. A first production run can always throw up unexpected issues and this has been no exception.

The controllers are looking and, (more importantly), feeling great. As you can see, they have started coming off the line in all the official Kickstarter colors:

We trust that as backers of this project, you will appreciate the importance that our planned retail launch has to the long-term viability of GameStick - it gives us the ability to maintain momentum and achieve scale. We are not looking to simply fulfill 6,000 units and move on - Kickstarter fulfillment is simply the beginning.

Co-ordinating a wider retail launch is a highly involved process and any change in timelines can sometimes interfere with planned production updates while we message them across our partner channels. So thanks again for your patience and understanding as we navigate these waters.

Just to confirm: retail units will hit the shelves only after Kickstarter units have been fulfilled. In the meantime, a number of review units will be shipped to various media outlets as part of our pre-launch preparations.

Nearly there..

Love,

GameStick

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      Creator s on October 4, 2013

      @Dwayne I hope you get a empty box :p

      Nothing else explains the silence and "delays" so well.

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      Creator J.R. Raith on September 18, 2013

      Here's a question: Will extra gamepads be available at retail launch? How much will they be? I ordered a KS-special, but I'm in love with the red and white ones as well. :D

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      Creator J.R. Raith on September 18, 2013

      Oh man, that video and those pictures of the dock and showing it all in action are getting me super excited!

      Delays happen. I'm okay with that. At least you guys are being open and communicating about it. And so I can wait patiently, since, as a stakeholder, I'm informed. I've said it time and again, but this is a Kickstarter and Public Relations done correctly.

      Thanks again guys! Can't wait to plug in!

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      Creator Dwayne Owuor on September 18, 2013

      It will be yet another disappointing day - Sep 23 when backers will flock to this site highly anticipating that perks will be delivered to their doorsteps.....I can almost guarantee that you will NOT receive the GS this month, not even on the first half of October. The lads over at Playjam have a business to run and quite frankly I don't blame them.....anymore ! Thanksgiving is coming up and traditionally thats when video game sales are the highest. Gamestop sees a good chunk of its business during this quarter and they've wagered big time on this venture being successful, more so that they probably control the production livecycle as part of the venture commitments struck up with Playjam.
      You're still with me ? good, the more you start thinking like a business man the more things will make sense. So a week before November, the units will start trickling in, a week later they will be available at Gamestop just in time for the great American shopping season. The limited time between both releases will ensure negative reviews or complaints won't hamper sales and the rest will be history. There you have it folks, you can reference this post until that time you receive your perks and match it up with just exactly how this whole saga will play out.

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      Creator Ryan Leslie on September 17, 2013

      Ok, ok, I'm trusting you ;D

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      Creator GameStick on September 16, 2013

      Hello Ryan,

      The mic was very sensitive as you can tell from the sound you hear when Tim inserts the USB device. It feels good and has a reassuring click to it @~1:04.

      Love,

      GameStick

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      Creator Ryan Leslie on September 16, 2013

      Seriously?! Thanks for the video, but after watching it, that D-pad sounds awfully stiff! @~0:36 That thing sounds darn rigid. Here's hoping it's playable!

      <--concerned

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      Creator E. Scott Lockwood on September 16, 2013

      Y'know guys, as far as delays go, they're not too bad. I know some people who have been waiting for a game for almost two years now. Yes, I can agree that the lack of updates wasn't very positive as far as PR goes, but I think that the ends will justify the wait and $$ invested.

      On another note. To the GaSt guys... What do you think about the Vita TV? I know you're an android based system, but do you see it as a potential competitor? From the looks of it, it's about the same size as the dock. Just wondering what your thoughts were.

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      Creator Imrann on September 16, 2013

      Hello dear staff of Gamestick
      I'd like to be refunded please .

      Thanks,

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      Creator Michael Delozier on September 14, 2013

      @Liigo Zhuang - You better read the Kickstarter rules.. you are SOL buddy. There are no refunds.
      No matter what. You will get it the GameStick. Some people havent gotten anything, other than scams from other places, who ran off with their money and never delivered.

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      Creator GameStick on September 14, 2013

      Hello,

      Tim, who is in China right now, sent over a video last night showing the Dock working and running a movie from external storage which we thought you might enjoy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch…

      Love,

      GameStick.

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      Creator Liigo Zhuang on September 14, 2013

      Hi guys working on #GameStick:

      My name is Liigo Zhuang, I would like to ask you refunding my bill for GameStick, because you have DELAYED delivering GameStick for over 5 months (from Apr. to Sep.). I have been waiting for it over 7 months since Feb., and I can not wait any more! Please cancel my order, and return my money back. Thanks.

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      Creator Gareth Evans on September 13, 2013

      I can't wait to get my gamestick, out of all the kickstarter rewards I have pledged for it is the one I'm most looking forward to.

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      Creator s on September 13, 2013

      @GameStick that looks great, "how does it work? Aliens"

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      Creator GameStick on September 13, 2013

      Hello s,

      Apologies - http://postimg.org/image/rvzv7gqx5/

      Love,

      GameStick

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      Creator s on September 13, 2013

      @GameStick you linked the same two images twice...

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      Creator GameStick on September 13, 2013

      Hello Peter,

      Please can you contact us via the support tab on the www.gamestick.tv site as that will get you straight to Customer Services.

      Love,

      GameStick.

      P.s. Hope the move goes well!

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      Creator Michael Delozier on September 13, 2013

      Hope we can get a few more free games out of this... it would be nice... just as a courtesy thing, since we have all been as patient as we possibly can. Especially with the lack of updates and replies (ie Facebook)

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      Creator Peter Ebbe Sundberg on September 13, 2013

      Hi! Thanks for the update but I am moving again..... Can I change the shipping adress?

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      Creator GameStick on September 13, 2013

      Hello everyone,

      Some have asked for photos of the Dock - happy to oblige:

      Controller Charging & External HD: http://postimg.org/image/4qpglgls9/9a9e8f02/
      Top down - drawer open: http://postimg.org/image/4qpglgls9/9a9e8f02/
      Drawer open - Back of Dock: http://postimg.org/image/3qz5pr6mh/acb1edee/
      Drawer open - Front of Dock: http://postimg.org/image/3qz5pr6mh/acb1edee/

      Love,

      GameStick

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      Creator GameStick on September 13, 2013

      Josh and Marc - thanks for your positive support. We're happy to hear you understand the nature of this project!
      We're so excited to get you guys the GameStick. :D

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      Creator GameStick on September 13, 2013

      Hi Arthur,

      Thanks for the feedback. :D

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      Creator Josh Sayers on September 13, 2013

      wow. people are getting pretty upset about this delay, honestly, I've been waiting for some silly damn pairs of socks that were supposed to be delivered October of 2012, and this is a consumer electronics device that even after all this time still feels like a steal at $109 (yer not gonna let us down, right?!), landing less than ten months after I put money down on it. Product design is exciting but time consuming, I think it's pretty amazing what you've learned, and cool to see it coming to fruition. It's unfortunate that some birthday parties may have been missed, but I'd rather not have some flexy bit of plastic that snaps in half the first time I get frustrated in a game, and if that's what the re-tooling gained us, I'm all for it. Thanks for being open with your mistakes early on, and doing your best to make us proud.

      I was worried from the original 3D mockups but picked the KS colorway and seeing that image up there I'm really happy I did. I'm excited to have the thing, and pretty anxious to see how the software side is panning out.

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      Creator mark francisco on September 12, 2013

      Thanks for the update and keep up the good work to release a great product, not some mediocre half-assed rush job. While I'm a little disappointed that I'm not receiving it this month, I know that in the end, this will be something worthwhile, something that I'd be proud to have backed.

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      Creator Allan Taylor on September 12, 2013

      Question about the Ethernet: I am getting a dock, so I'm wondering, is it possible to hook up the dock using Ethernet, such that I don't have to use WiFi? I'm really not a fan of WiFi at all, and though I am able to set my network up to use it, I'd rather not if I can avoid it. Is there a way to set up your connection as wired only with Gamestick?

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      Creator Arthur GORDEN on September 12, 2013

      Hey,

      As a backer I totally get that you have to take your time to arrive with the best possible product on a competitive market like the micro-consoles one. And I think we all prefer to get a well made and perfectly functional product in october rather than a rotten one in April.
      Well, now (or at least very soon) would be the perfect timing to have a real big game update! Don't you think?

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      Creator GameStick on September 12, 2013

      Hello Angelo,

      Afraid so...

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      Creator Angelo Vilar on September 12, 2013

      Is it too late to change color choices?

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      Creator GameStick on September 12, 2013

      Hello Jeroen,

      We have tracked your question down and forwarded to our technical guys. Our initial assessment is that you would require both the GameStick and the sending device to be on the same network for this to work - I certainly have not seen anything slung to the screen in the office other than via a shared network. I have seen a movie sent via Airplay using XBMC but right at this minute, only via iTunes and only when both devices share the same network.

      If we hear any differently, we will revert directly.

      Love,

      GameStick

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      Creator JV on September 12, 2013

      Also very happy that you reiterated backers get the product before retail. Unlike some other projects I've regretfully backed.

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      Creator Jeroen Wolf on September 12, 2013

      Hi gamestick team, thx for the update, i too was getting a little worried, but with huge projects there will be delays, just keep us informed if you want? p.s. I see that people are now getting active response, any thought on my question I posted in earlier updates?? (e.g. using the gamestick / hdmi dongle as an wireless receiver for mirroring phone/tablet screens and wifi independed... if this can be accomplished this would be a certain hit in educational sectors where I work in/e.g. lcd projector combination)

      thanks, Jeroen

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      Creator Jahaziel Gamero on September 12, 2013

      Awesome to hear from you guys! Like everyone, anxious on getting my hands on that sexy looking Kickstarter edition of the Gamestick :D. I like that clarification of us getting the product before the masses, thank you. Can't wait for it!!

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      Creator s on September 12, 2013

      Finally happy to see an update, slightly apprehensive about the button colors (look kinda grey from here).

      That little tidbit of using a 1TB drive connected with the video player is a pleasant surprise.

      Will we see a final ui demo with the controller app running on a phone or tablet?

      The Kickstarter controller looks boss, sweet, wicked, awesome, slick, legit et al.

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      Creator GameStick on September 12, 2013

      Hello Garrett,

      It's a standard HID controller so it should do, yes.

      Love,

      GameStick.

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      Creator Achmad Fienan Rahardianto on September 12, 2013

      Finally an update :D
      Can you also provide the picture of the dock?

      btw, are the thumb buttons color will be grey as seen on the picture above?
      the kckstarter edition color seems weird boecause of those two ...:S

      but nevertheless, thanks for the info! :)

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      Creator Boone Simpson on September 12, 2013

      Thanks for the thorough update, looking forward to playing with this.

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      Creator Jeremy Parker on September 12, 2013

      So yet another delay? i thought you guys had this worked out. i guess ill have to be looking for a new birthday present for my daughter now.

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      Creator Garrett McCown on September 12, 2013

      I had a thought. Will the controller we comparable with Desktop computers via Bluetooth.( I'm running windows 7.)

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      Creator GameStick on September 12, 2013

      Hello Waqqas,

      Yours will actually ship direct from China with duties paid. (painfully for us ;) ).

      Love,

      GameStick.

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      Creator GameStick on September 12, 2013

      Hello Brad,

      We're hoping to get the Dock out in the same shipment but it may follow a few days later. We should be able to post a picture soon.

      Love,

      GameStick

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      Creator Waqqas Hanafi on September 12, 2013

      Which "depot" will my GameStick ship from? (I live in Indonesia). I ask this because there's heavy customs duties (around 40%).

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      Creator malvin henry on September 12, 2013

      Great update!! This kind of communication is what this community wanted. Just be sure to keep us in the loop please.

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      Creator Brad Tanner on September 12, 2013

      Thanks for the update will the dock and case be shipped on the same day?

      Are there any photos of these?

      Is there any update on the xbmc development and it's availability on release date?

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      Creator GameStick on September 12, 2013

      (from Arizona)

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      Creator GameStick on September 12, 2013

      Hello Tanner,

      We were at the GameStop Store Manager's conference a couple of weeks back which included a day open to the public. It was an amazing experience to see people interact with the final product, albeit just 3 units off the golden sample run.

      My personal favourite moment was a group of kids, (guessing 10/11 year olds) that had been taken out of school early and driven up to Arizona for the event, (clearly to see Xbone and PS4), but they stopped at our little stand on their way out and saw the stick dangling from the back of the TV and asked for a go. They then argued over the controller for 40 minutes until they had to go.

      It sounds corny but it was a great moment for us. Long story short - they loved the controller!

      Love,

      GameStick.

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      Creator Tanner Lubuk on September 12, 2013

      Here's to hoping the shipping date you told us in this update stays that way....because I've been waiting to feel what the gamestick controller feels like in hand rather then guessing if its made of cheap plastic or not

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      Creator Jesse on September 12, 2013

      Gamestick,

      I'm sure I will!

      Thanks for responding. ;)

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      Creator terry (Eye Toldyoosso) on September 12, 2013

      ok a update on a delay...thats fine again

      but what about the lack of someone here from gamestick to answer the many many question in the comment section

      and the lack of comments by gamestick the last one was on August 15 th and the last update was August 16

      "GameStick launch pushed once more, now arrives on October 29th"

      is this true on Amaon,,,This item will be released on October 29, 2013.

      on Gamestop...Release Date 9/30/2013

      on Game...Released on Sept-2013

      please answer the question in the comment section

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      Creator KamikaziKarl on September 12, 2013

      @David, this is not a new business, only a new product line for their company.

      @Gamestick, thanks for the update, though it's upsetting to have the lack of communication we had dealt with for the past month, the upfront info about the current state of production/delivery is appreciated. On a side note, I submitted a request for Dev access as well as an inquiry to your support team nearly 2 weeks ago and have yet to see a response hit my email. Can you help me out with that? Thanks! :)

      Looking forward to getting all my GS gear!

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      Creator Andrew Mcgregor on September 12, 2013

      I'm happy with this update. I would rather have a finished and polished product than some lame piece of plastic. Ive just read the post re. the dock and a 1tb hard drive and I'm starting to get a tad excited. I would like more regular updates but one things for sure,the wait increases anticipation.

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