Dan Adelman, who is the head of Nintendo’s indie initiative, is supposedly no longer allowed to access Twitter. The main issue is that reaching Dan on Twitter was one of the main points of contact for fledging indie developers. Developer and senior contributor Brandon Sheffield for Gamasutra says that contacting Nintendo from an indie’s point of view just got a whole lot harder.
“Dan Adelman, the head of Nintendo’s indie initiative, was not allowed to speak with us. This is the sort of corporate policy that perpetuates the stereotype that Nintendo doesn’t work well with third parties, and is an emblem of Nintendo’s reluctance to change and become more open as markets shift. As an indie developer, this is very troubling to me.”
“I’ve received word from a reliable source that Adelman is no longer allowed access to Twitter. You’ll notice his last post was in October of last year. Apparently he wrote something along the lines of “I travel a lot, so I feel your pain,” in response to someone saying they didn’t like the region locking of the 3DS. This was viewed as unacceptable in Nintendo’s eyes, so there you go. All they had was that Twitter account, to talk to indie devs. There are no blogs, no casual podcasts, only corporate-created messaging from Nintendo Direct. No more public voice for indie development from within Nintendo. That’s it. It’s gone.”
Well fuck me, Nintendo what the hell are you doing? Are you trying to fuck up on purpose now? You just shot your indie support in the face…