Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime is giving the shrug off to part-time developers – the bread and butter of Apple’s vast App Store and a driving force behind Google’s Android Market. He dismisses them as “hobbyists” and says they have no place in the Nintendo ecosystem.
“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.”
An interesting juxtaposition to the heat and light of the recent Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, plainly on mobile – and not Nintendo’s version of mobile. That’s a very large chunk of software talent that Nintendo is turning its back on.
That speaks volumes about Nintendo’s lack of preparedness to expand their business. Reminds me of Sony getting spanked by the iPod and the iTunes Store.
Nintendo draws line between “indie devs” and “hobbyists” [Gamesindustry.biz]