Earlier in the month we reported that Gamestop would be aggressively moving in to digital download services, and might be releasing its own gaming tablets. Now news is emerging that the company intends to bring its streaming service to Android-based devices.
Joystiq is reporting that Gamestop is hiring (an encouraging sign in this era of developer layoffs) talent not only to bring its cloud gaming service to Android, but to Linux-based platforms as well. (For those of you in the biz, the job postings can be found here.) How this affects Gamestop's earlier insinuation that it might develop its own tablets is uncertain, though it may point to Android being the company's OS of choice.
Perhaps more interesting is the potential of Gamestop's cloud gaming app being released on Linux-based OSes. Ubuntu alone has claimed over 12 million users (most of whom, like this writer, are dedicated nerds...exactly the audience you'd think would jump on Linux-based gaming), yet there are precious few truly exciting, quality games available for Linux platforms. If Gamestop is indeed moving in that direction it may be positioning itself to take the lead in a fairly unestablished market.
As always, we'll keep you updated as more news arises.