From Nintendo’s point of view, DeNA will be a one-percent stakeholder, and from DeNA’s point of view, Nintendo will be an important business partner as well as a major shareholder with a lot of influence. Do you expect this will have a fundamental impact on how you develop games in the future, especially IP-based titles? Also, how is this relationship going to affect your existing IP games?
Yes, from DeNA’s point of view, Nintendo will own 10 percent of our shares, which will make them the number-two shareholder. So, of course, they are going to have a large influence on us. At the same time, this alliance is more than a simple financial relationship and it is more of a strategic partnership. We want to leverage our new alliance and explore additional opportunities to raise the corporate value of both companies. So, again, from DeNA’s point of view, we believe Nintendo will be a shareholder that will add positive value to DeNA. Although smart device games will continue to be our core business, we have our strengths and weaknesses compared with other companies. By forming this partnership, we believe that we will be able to obtain know-how as well as better practices for creativity. I wouldn’t say that we want to steal ideas from Nintendo but I think we can learn a lot from them so that we can create great games on our own as well.
Let’s learn from each other. I think “stealing” ideas sounds a bit strange.
While Nintendo will be a 10 percent shareholder, I believe they will also be an important partner, and we can both add value to each other’s companies.
— Nintendo Co., Ltd.
DeNA Co., Ltd.
Business and Capital Alliance Announcement
Source: Nintendo JP.
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