In a bizarre move, Kickstarter issued a message to backers of the Android-based high definition console, the Game Stick. The crowd-funding site told backers that the device, which has already been fully-funded and is working on stretch goals, had become the subject of an intellectual property dispute. Because of this Kickstarter said that – under the law – it was required to remove the project from the "public view" during the dispute process. They said at the time that if they could not put the project back up within 30 days than the Kickstarter campaign would be cancelled.
PlayJam, the company behind GameStick, had not publicly commented on the dispute either on the Kickstarter page for its project or on the system's official site. As of this writing the project had raised $305,717 – well over its goal of $100,000. The first note from Kickstarter can be read below:
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:
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,
After scaring GameStick backers, an hour or so later Kickstarter sent out another letter to backers letting them know that the DMCA take-down process was complete and that the project was back online:
This is a message from Kickstarter Support. We're writing to inform you that the DMCA process forGameStick: The Most Portable TV Games Console Ever Createdis complete. The project is now available.
You can visit the project here:
Thanks so much for your patience,
While we understand why Kickstarter had to do this and it only meant to protect those who had offered money to the project, the whole ordeal was probably more than a little disconcerting and vexing for anyone who pledged money towards the system. At the end of the day, everything is all right.