Dan Adelman, an employee of Nintendo’s indie program for somewhere close to nine years, has left Nintendo to become independent.

Adelman had been supporting the independent developers so that they can put their games on the Nintendo platforms. He’s helped many games get onto the systems, including World of Goo and Cave Story, and he’s a well-known name in the indie community.

But Adelman, although leaving the company on a positive note with Nintendo supporting his decision to leave and enjoying his work in the genre, became frustrated with Nintendo’s policies and their insistence to refrain from using Twitter. Nintendo banned Adelman from posting anything more on Twitter after a few tweets disagreeing with their policies, including the 3DS region-locking and the rejection of a game due to the company’s guidelines on religious content.

“I had been strongly encouraged to stay off of Twitter—or at least say only things that were clearly safe—so after the region-locking comment they just said I needed to stop completely,” Adelman said. “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. 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.”

As he left, he made sure to say that there were still many people in the indie department at Nintendo, so he wouldn’t be leaving developers without plenty of help if they’d like to put their games on Nintendo.


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