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Nintendo Has No Time For 'Garage Developers'

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo doesn't want to do business with so-called 'garage developers', the company has said.

In an interview with Gamasutra, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that the company was actively working with independent game developers but had no inclination towards working with 'garage developers'.

“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,” Fils-Aime said in a statement.

He likened 'garage developers' to amateur musicians who had other jobs besides making music. Garage developers were different than dedicated game developers as they didn't rely on game developing for their livelihood.

His comments come after Nintendo head Satoru Iwata gave a controversial keynote during the Game Developers Conference, lashing out at casual and social games developers for destabilising the market for legacy game developers.

Fils-Aime noted that by offering low priced or free games, social and mobile game makers were 'training' the consumers to think there is no real value in games and that they are disposable.