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GameStick launch delayed until June

One of the most eagerly anticipated entrants to the gaming market has had its release delayed by a number of months, with PlayJam announcing that the GameStick console will not be available this month as was originally planned.

GameStick rose to prominence on crowd-funding website Kickstarter where it raised over $600,000 (£393,000), reminiscent of the success enjoyed on the site by fellow Android console, Ouya.

But PlayJam says the pre-launch buzz has increased the scale of the GameStick Project, and the console’s release has now been put back to June 2013 because of “high demand.” The company said it was a victim “of the success we have created.”

A statement continued, "The main production run has gone from a few thousand units to tens of thousands of units. This has meant that we have had to change production methods and move to high-volume tooling."

When Gamestick does arrive in the UK this summer, it will be sold exclusively at Game stores. It may have some catching up to do with its Kickstarter rival however, after Ouya began shipping to its backers in March.