Soulja Boy is shooting his shot at the gaming industry.
The star has released two products, a handheld and a console, that are now available on his website SouljaWatch.com.
“I know it’s new to the industry. I know they’re scratching their heads and there’s going to be a lot of talk, but hey man, I’m just a person with a dream,” Soulja Boy told Rolling Stone. “I know that I’ve been introduced to the world as a rapper, dancer, producer, but don’t just limit me to that and think outside the box and really give me a shot with this.”
The Souljagame console, priced at $199.99, will not only run games of its own such as SouljaGames, but also offers PlayStation, NeoGeo, PC, Sega, Game Boy Advance, and NES games as well according to Soulja Boy.
According to Souljawatch.com states the console already has 800 preinstalled games.
The Souljagame handheld runs for $199.99 regular price offering 3,000 games plus Switch, 3DS, Vita, NeoGeo, Game Boy Color and Advance games.
With the offerings being pretty broad, it has raised both legal and technical red flags. Souljaboy’s product is a game emulator, which means it lets users play games from a variety of different consoles. That comes with licensing concerns of it’s own but there’s also another element to all of this.
Both the console and handheld are currently on sale along with some other electronics, but it’s been pointed out that the consoles already have a considerably high markup compared to the identical non-branded versions on other sites.
“Honestly, I don’t have any worries at all, any concerns, because everything we’re doing is legit. It’s been researched. Everything has been basically confirmed that it’s a green light and we’re good. It’s partly the people from the outside looking in, that aren’t understanding the type of deals that were made behind the scenes that are worried.”
According to Waypoint, the consoles are normally sold for $90 and $60 on Amazon and are even cheaper on Alibaba.