Retired game manager Reggie Fils-Aime, who led Nintendo of America for 15 years before announcing his retirement, has shared his thoughts on the idea of ”console war” in gaming. In an interview with GamerTag Radio, Fils-Aime said that while gaming is a massive business when it comes to the money it brings in, management is actually a small group of leaders who are on friendly terms, even though they are competitive in context. of the business.
Fils-Aime pointed out that the leaders of major gaming companies come together quarterly to meet the Entertainment Software Association ̵
“As leaders, we share a meal, as leaders we may need to have a phone conversation with each other and talk about industry-related issues,” he said. “So while the fans are watching [air quotes] console war. Kampen. See, make no mistake, every leader wants to win. Every single leader wants to run their business. But the fact is that it is a very small industry. “
Fils-Aime said he understands why people may believe in the idea of console warfare, and he hopes there are more opportunities in the future to remove this. Fils-Aime joined the stage at The Game Awards in 2018 by Xbox boss Phil Spencer and then-PlayStation boss Shawn Layden to demonstrate a sense of unity among competitors, and he hopes there may be more events like this in the future.
“I wish there were more public opportunities to show unity in the industry,” said Fils-Aime.
Fils-Aime is not alone in asking for the end of the idea of a console war. Spencer, the leader of the Xbox, has said he rejects the idea of a console war and has called for greater unity.
“I know there are parts of society that want us to be more aggressive in being competitive with each other. I think competition between us, from an innovation and business model and values, makes a lot of sense,” Spencer said. “Competition at the human level or at the penalty level, I do not think is part of how we continue the game’s growth. There is much more to be gained by at least having a common view on issues that are important to the game.”