Team17 Praises the Switch’s Success and Nintendo’s Indie Support


We all know that the Switch has been a hot-seller since launch. One of the main reasons why this has turned out to be the case is because Nintendo has made a lot of genuinely good decisions with the system, especially with its handling of game releases. One area where the company has shown strong improvement in over the course of recent years is its relationships with third-party developers, including those that are a part of the indie scene. This is especially true with the Switch, where Nintendo seems to be embracing developers and working along with them more than ever before. A member of one studio is very pleased with it all so far.

Team17 is a very prominent developer/publisher in the indie world, and CEO Debbie Bestwick had some praise to throw Nintendo’s way after observing its handling of the indie scene on the Switch as well as the system’s high sales. She commented on the system in a recent interview that was conducted by GamesIndustry who got various comments on the current state of the gaming world from several different industry persons. In fact, she called it the “highlight of 2017”. Here’s what she had to say:

I would say the highlight of 2017 has been the immense success of the Nintendo Switch. To hear just a few days ago that it has hit 10 million sales is a phenomenal achievement. It’s been fantastic to see Nintendo be so supportive of the indie dev scene and it’s great to see some of our label games sat in the charts next to big AAA first and third-party titles!

¬†Indeed, Nintendo really has been doing a great job so far. There are still things about the Switch that could be improved (like its online infrastructure), but it’s in a good position right now nonetheless. It’s exciting to think about what 2018 will bring to the table!
A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.