Dan Adelman, digital distribution business development manager and indie program lead at Nintendo of America, has left the company Monday after nine years on the job.
In an interview with Jason Schreier of Kotaku, it was confirmed Adelman's outspoken personality had landed him in hot water with the North American division at Nintendo. Captured by GoNintendo, Adelman showed sympathy towards those wishing Nintendo would stop region-locking its hardware, like the 3DS and Wii U. "I too used to live in Japan. Had 2 SNESs - one Japanese, one US. I feel your pain," Adelman tweeted. "That said, out of my wheelhouse." Then this April, in a Gamasutra article criticizing Nintendo's corporate policies regarding indie games, it was revealed Nintendo stonewalled Adelman from Twitter, after he made those infamous tweets about region-locking.
When the news was announced, Adelman joked on Twitter that he and Nintendo of American had came to an agreement about him being allowed to tweet again, by leaving the company as a result. In the Kotaku interview, Adelman further explained what happened when people noticed his Twitter privilege was revoked. "When people started complaining that I wasn't active on Twitter anymore, it was suggested that a PR person could just post in my name," Adelman said. "I thought that was about the worst idea I'd ever heard, so I left it as is and let the silence speak for itself."
Nintendo fans worrying they will now see less indie love as the result of Adelman's departure have nothing to worry, as Adelman said Nintendo is determined to keep the indie games coming. On his official website, Adelman said what made it easier for leave Nintendo was that the Japanese games and hardware maker are now fully aware of indie games and their significance. Adelman will continue to reach out to indie game developers, in hopes of bringing more awareness to the general public.