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Ouya has a new competitor with subscription-based GamePop
Ouya has a new competitor with subscription-based GamePop
May 9, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

May 9, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
More: Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Mobile company BlueStacks is poised to become the latest entrant in the "microconsole" market, opposite the Ouya and GameStick. BlueStacks' device, called the GamePop, operates under a subscription service with a low monthly fee, giving players access to its entire mobile game library from their TV screens.

The subscription services will run at $6.99 a month and pre-orders include the console itself for free. BlueStacks has already arranged for content deals with developers Glu Mobile (Diner Dash), Halfbrick (Jetpack Joyride) and OutFit 7 (Talking Friends), among others.

"BlueStacks has credibility in the microconsole space that others just don't have," says Halfbrick CEO Shainiel Deo. "GamePop is a great incremental channel for us."

The rising interest in console alternatives like Ouya, GameStick and now the GamePop represents a potential new market space for developers.

While the console is not slated for release until winter 2013, GamePop's official website is live and taking preorders.

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Kujel s
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I'm not interested in paying a subscription to play the games I download nor am I interested in developing games for such a platform. As far as micro consoles go I'm backing Ouya but not this nor the gamestick (their controller really makes me shudder).

Ujn Hunter
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While I've canceled my Ouya pre-order, after hearing about the crummy build quality of the controller and possible lag in said controller... I would never view a Subscription model as a competitor. I would never even consider buying a Subscription based console.

John Gargiulo
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Hi Ujn,

Appreciate your comment. Can you elaborate on why you feel that way re: subscription? Any feedback helpful.


Bob Johnson
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All these things are DOA. These games shine on mobile. But putting them on the tv screen on your wall in your living room is like putting your average tv show in the movie theatre. It just doesn't (won't) translate well.