Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata says the Japanese-based gaming company is open to considering alternative business models in the future, including free-to-play (F2P) as well as subscription based platforms.
We've spent quite a bit of time in recent weeks analyzing the "free-to- play" gaming phenomenon.
The video game industry is currently experimenting with a number of free-to-play models, and Microsoft is no exception.
Piracy is perhaps the greatest fear of many entertainment companies. The movie business is terrified of it, with the phenomenon also causing considerable damage to the adult industry.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says he believes a free-to-play gaming paradigm will generate a profit for studios, while helping to turn the tide against rampant piracy plaguing the industry.
Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata says its next-gen Wii U console will support a free-to-play gaming model.