Nintendo loses out as it confirms it won’t participate in eSports
By Bob Garcia
The video game giant is not interested in cashing in on the popularity of eSports
With the great development that the video game industry has experienced in the last years, people would think that all companies dedicated to creating game consoles and video games would follow the same course the rest of the sector is and get into eSports. This doesn’t seem to be the case for Nintendo, which confirmed to have no interest in supporting the billion-dollar industry with any of its games. Even though some of the ever-popular games like Super Smash Bros have a few eSports tournaments, Nintendo is not changing its plans.
As per an interview that Nintendo’s president Shuntaro Furukawa had with Nikkei, he confirmed that the aim is to create games that will appeal to the masses, just as it has been so far, and leave outside any competitive aspects that can negatively impact the company’s production. Even though eSports isn’t in the plans for Nintendo, Furukawa said of the activity, “Esports is where players compete on stage while also revolving around prize money, and spectators enjoy watching that. It launched one of the amazing appeals of video games. But there is no sense of antagonism.”
“In order to make our company’s games be played by a broad range of people, regardless of experience, gender, or generation, we also want to make our events joinable by a broad range of people,” added the executive “Being able to have a different world view from other companies – without a large sum of prize money – is our strength.” Nintendo has always focused on developing games that anyone can play and that anyone can access, and that is exactly the path it will continue walking.