Quantcast
Nintendo is not in the habit of laying off staff - Destructoid

DestructoidJapanatorTomopopFlixist



Nintendo is not in the habit of laying off staff


2:00 PM on 07.06.2013
Nintendo job securityNintendo is not in the habit of laying off staff photo



The videogames industry is cutthroat. We no longer bat an eyelash whenever a publisher shuts down an underperforming studio or lays off a huge chunk of a game's development staff before the game ever touches a store shelf. It's just the nature of business, we think.

The biggest exception to this trend is Nintendo, which to the best of my knowledge has not had any significant, non-voluntary staff reduction in the past three decades. On the contrary, the Kyoto company has been expanding in recent years. What is President Satoru Iwata thinking? Doesn't he know that a good CEO is supposed to fire a bunch of people when your business isn't performing as well as it once was?

Nintendo recently held its 73rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, during which Iwata fielded many questions regarding Nintendo's currently less-than-stellar market situation. On the topic of corporate restructuring (read: downsizing), Iwata answered, "[I]t is true that our business has its ups and downs every few years, and of course, our ideal situation is to make a profit even in the low periods, return these profits to investors and maintain a high share price. I believe we should continue working toward this ideal. If we reduce the number of employees for better short-term financial results, however, employee morale will decrease, and I sincerely doubt employees who fear that they may be laid off will be able to develop software titles that could impress people around the world.

"I believe we can become profitable with the current business structure in consideration of exchange rate trends and popularization of our platforms in the future. We should of course cut unnecessary costs and pursue efficient business operations. I also know that some employers publicize their restructuring plan to improve their financial performance by letting a number of their employees go, but at Nintendo, employees make valuable contributions in their respective fields, so I believe that laying off a group of employees will not help to strengthen Nintendo's business in the long run. Our current policy is to achieve favorable results by continuously cutting unnecessary expenses and increasing business efficiency."

I doubt anyone completely agrees with everything that what Iwata and other high-level Nintendo execs usually say -- I did just write a big ol' rant about region-locking the other day -- but this is a policy I can stand behind wholeheartedly. Job security is such a rarity in this business, so it's good to know that at least one company has enough faith in its employees to not complete screw them over for the sake of a few extra bucks at the end of the fiscal quarter.

Whereas other companies make decisions in the interest of short-term gains, Nintendo likes to play the long game. While this may paint it as "backwards" or "behind-the-times" now and then, at the end of the day, Nintendo will still be around. For all the lessons that people insist it ought to learn from other companies, there are just as many that they ought to learn from Nintendo.

The 73rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders Q&A [Nintendo via Siliconera]






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.







Win your choice of console from Destructoid! in Destructoid's Hangs on LockerDome

Good News

10:15 AM on 03.31.2014
Bravely Default's success has Square refocusing on 'heavy JRPGs' & 'core' audience

Square Enix will work on its next global releases, "without focusing too much on the ‘global’ aspect," president Yosuke Matsuda told Nikkei Trendy. "For example, in the past, when we developed console games with a...more



12:30 PM on 11.26.2013
Double Fine regains rights to Costume Quest and Stacking

In a recent press release from the San Francisco developer Double Fine, we have learned that the recent owners of the titles Costume Quest and Stacking, Nordic Games, have handed the rights back to the creators. Previously ow...more



11:30 PM on 11.13.2013
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is the new Kirby title for 3DS

Nintendo announcements are like surviving a few years into the zombie apocalypse. Just when you feel like you've gotten into a safe, predictable routine, you get bit in the ass. Case in point, I was on a podcast with frequent...more



View all Good News






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more