Handheld Playdate Has Sold 53,142 Units in 1st Year, Beating Expectations
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Panic announced its gaming handheld the Playdate sold 53,142 units across the initial shipping countries in the first year the device has been available.
The developer of the handheld had expected to manufacture just 20,000 units of the Playdate, however, pre-orders topped that total in under 20 minutes.
“It’s been a great year for Playdate,” said project lead Greg Maletic. “When we started, we had no idea how big the audience would be for a weird product like this, but we told the factory: build 20,000.
“To have now sold more than 53,000 (and counting) is heartening. And this, at a time when parts shortages forced our delivery lead-times out as much as a year. As those lead-times shorten and Playdate delivery becomes more immediate, we’re looking forward to an even better Year Two.”
The company has shipped 27,000 of the pre-orders and expects to fulfill the rest of the pre-orders by the end of the year.
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