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Shigeru Miyamoto Thinks Free-to-Play Model Has Been Bad For Gaming

August 27, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Video game icon Shigeru Miyamoto says that gaming needs to move away from the free-to-play model. Miyamoto, who is known for the creation of franchises like Mario, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda, said at the Computer Entertainment Developers Conference (per Bloomberg) that the model has been a money maker but has resulted in overcharging gamers and is damaging on the whole.

Talking about Nintendo’s fixed-cost model, Miyamoto said, “I can’t say that our fixed-cost model has really been a success. But we’re going to continue pushing it forward until it becomes entrenched. That way everyone can develop games in a comfortable environment. By focusing on bringing games to the widest range of people possible, we can continue boosting our mobile game business.”

Miyamoto noted that streaming services in music and television/film is something that the gaming industry could learn from, noting, “It’s necessary for developers to learn to get along with subscription-style services. When seeking a partner for this, it’s important to find someone who understands the value of your software. Then customers will feel the value in your apps and software and develop a habit of paying money for them.”

The free-to-play model has been criticized by many for the heavy cost associated with microtransactions, which are small individually but can quickly add up to exorbitant amounts.