Reggie: We're Not Interested in "Garage Developers"
Posted by James Newton
Only wants proper indies, thanks
Whether or not Nintendo has nothing to fear from mobile games, or whether Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's comments about low value games were accurate, the debate about Nintendo's relationship with small game developers is ripe for analysis. What's the company's official stance the matter, though? Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime clarified in an interview with Gamasutra.
Fils-Aime states the company's not interested in teaming up with those who develop games as a hobby, but is still keen to work with small studios:
I would separate out the true independent developer vs. the hobbyist. We are absolutely reaching out to the independent developer. Where we've drawn the line is we are not looking to do business today with the garage developer. In our view, that’s not a business we want to pursue.
The key message seems to be that if you make games for a living, there's a place for you on Nintendo platforms, which should hopefully keep the quality of games higher than if amateurs were allowed to develop.
What do you make of Reggie's statement?