Oddworld Inhabitants founder Lorne Lanning is not confident in Microsoft’s future in gaming, while he believes Nintendo’s future is assured.
In an interview with VentureBeat [as cited by GamesIndustry], Lanning explained how Nintendo appears to be more stable when dealing with struggles, implying that “creatives” could therefore be more secure in choosing to work with Nintendo in the future.
Lanning explained how Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata recently said laying-off staff in light of currents struggles could damage employee morale, and so developers in fear of layoffs would likely produce worse games.
“When he said that, in my opinion, he was immortalized in the creative community,” Lanning said.
“I would work with him in a second. When a man in that type of position, in a world where the golden rule is the rule and that’s what’s expected at public companies, he stood up and said, ‘That’s not what we’re about. We’re about building great stuff. We have great people to build great stuff. We’re gonna do that. When I look at the history of Nintendo, I say, ‘Nintendo is going to be here in 100 years.’ I have no doubt.
“I doubt Microsoft will be here in 100 years. I know Zynga won’t be here in 100 years,” he concluded.