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Icon Ask Nintendo To Justify Silencing Policies

Matt Gardner
Icon games, Indie Games, Nintendo, WiiWare

Icon Ask Nintendo To Justify Silencing Policies

London-based developer Icon Games, a studio that has created titles for iOS, PC, PSN and Wii, has issued a statement asking for justification of Nintendo's policies following the Big N's decision to demand that Icon remove their Wii digital sales figures from their company blog.

The situation arose when Icon posted their self-publishing figures up on their blog, detailing units sold across multiple platforms. Nintendo subsequently told Icon to remove the WiiWare numbers, as revealed in a post Icon made on their blog.

"Yesterday Nintendo got in touch to ask us to remove the figures for the WiiWare titles from the blog," read the post. "Apparently they don’t allow developers to publish the sales numbers of their self-published titles.

"As to why, I can’t really be sure – are they scared to reveal how their online services perform or do they just dislike developers being able to run effective businesses? It is a tricky one – and incredibly unfair and damaging to indie developers publishing on Nintendo stores."

Icon acknowledged that Nintendo were probably not alone in disapproving somewhat at such figures being published, but Icon labelled Nintendos as the most "draconian", suggesting that the silencing policy "actively makes life as difficult as possible for the smaller studios, putting jobs and livelihoods at risk. Without transparency of digital sales data developers are perpetually in the dark."

GamesIndustry.biz then later received a comment from Icon Games' Richard Hill-Whittall in which he calls for Nintendo to justify their lack of transparency.

"I'd really like to hear from Nintendo to get some idea why they have this policy," said Hill-Whittall.

"What benefit is it to them to silence any discussion of sales numbers - do they feel this is a fair and reasonable policy? It baffles me to be honest, how they can think this is the way to deal with developers/publishers. What is the justification?"

Nintendo have made several baffling decisions in the last twelve months and have been contacted for comment, but this isn't the first time they've found themselves as the subject of indie ire.


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