Nintendo To Capitalize On Twitch Plays Pokemon

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The Twitch Plays Pokemon experiment has taken the world by storm, with over 24 million views total and an average of around 80,000 viewers at all times. Twitch Plays Pokemon sees the viewer of the ongoing Pokemon gameplay input commands to control the actions of Red, and with thousands of people making actions at once, the results can be quite chaotic. The social experiment has spawned several memes, and has caught the eyes of the media. But that’s not the only eyes it has attracted.

Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, held a board meeting recently with Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Game Designer, and Satoshi Tajiri, founder of Game Freak and Pokemon’s creator, to discuss the possibility of profiting from this media sensation. The meeting, spearheaded by Fils-Aime, brought up several ways in which Nintendo could not only build money, but also notoriety, after the Wii-U’s lifetime sales were surpassed by those of the Xbox One and PS4.

“This stream has tens of millions of views, and always has around eighty thousand viewers at a time,” Fils-Aime said. “That’s publicity we need. That’s money we could have. Think of the ad revenue Nintendo could make if we held our own stream on Twitch. We could also stick in ads for the Wii U and the 3DS. We could even sell t-shirts and merchandise based off of the memes and inside jokes that are created! We at Nintendo have always prided ourselves with innovation, and that’s exactly what  Twitch Plays Pokemon is: innovative. It would be ludicrous not to take advantage of something like this.”

CEO Satoru Iwata then took the floor. “We can also profit from the stream that is currently ongoing. Pokemon is Nintendo and Game Freak’s intellectual property. We have the right to make money from it, and to take down the stream if the creators don’t comply. We have already contacted lawyers to talk to the executives at Twitch, as well as the stream’s creator. Soon enough, we will see ad revenue from the streams, as well as an estimated one million in sales from Helix Fossil and ‘Bird Jesus’ [two memes from the stream] T-Shirts.” The meeting ended soon after.

If this venture is successful, based on Twitch ad revenue ($3 for every 1000 ads), Nintendo could potentially make $240 hourly, which by the projected time it takes to complete the game (about two weeks, based on similar streams), would amount to around $80,000. To a company like Nintendo, this is chump change. However, the big killer here would be in merchandising and promotion of the company and the Pokemon brand. If even only 100,000 people bought a Helix Fossil t-shirt, after production costs, Nintendo could potentially make $2 million if the net profit per shirt is $20 after $10 in manufacturing costs.

But Pokemon isn’t the only game Nintendo plans on doing an interactive stream with. There are rumors of plans to do “Twitch Plays Earthbound,” “Twitch Plays Fire Emblem,” and even “Twitch Plays Animal Crossing: New Leaf” with a new interactive stream every month. If the rumors are true, Nintendo could make tens of millions in profit from merchandise a year. This business venture could certainly be the turnaround Nintendo needs.

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48 comments on “Nintendo To Capitalize On Twitch Plays Pokemon
  1. I don’t like this. Its developers taking a fun social experiment and trying to turn it into a money machine. They’re taking memes made from the natural consequence of people having fun, and just… This won’t end well.

    • To be fair, they do own the rights to the game that these people are technically pirating. If this was Microsoft, they’d have probably had a massive tantrum and pulled the plug with a lawsuit. It’s quite positive that Nintendo’s reaction is so supportive.

      • Actually, they are allowed to make streams, and use Ad Revenue for those streams because they do in fact own the rights to the game. However, they are NOT allowed just yet to claim copyright on the memes that were made. The religion that has spawned from TPP, is community made as a result of the streamers experiment. Nintendo is only allowed to make profit in merchandise off of TPP if the creator of TPP allows it, and he must be paid in order for that to happen. The rights are in fact his.

        • this site is fake. none of this is real, look at the titles of the other articles.
          people are just copy pasting the story without knowing or including that this is just very poorly done satire, not actual news..

      • Well if I wanted to compare it to something, I would hope it turns out more like Bungie’s deal with RedVsBlue. A live and let live type deal, with both parties working together. So if it turns out that way, I would love it. 🙂

      • First, its not an argument, its an opinion. One that I hope does get proven wrong. If this makes things better for both the fans and the creator of the actual Twitch Plays Pokemon, I will be grateful. Until then, I’ll stay pessimistic.

        And really dude. How am I supposed to trust that Mr. Fils-Aime is your friend?

        • I have known Reggie for almost seven years now and I know that I can trust his judgement better than a random internet citizens. He is not our (Nintendo’s) great leader for nothing. I fully support him whatever he decideds! We are working on the project now with full steam and plans of Nintendo’s streams will be revealed in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

  2. Where’s the doom and gloom that people are so willing to spout about Nintendo? And don’t talk about Mamoud Shaheed, he’s just one guy saying this won’t end well.

    • Nah, doesn’t matter at this point. The sites satire. From that perspective, this is a fun article. To be honest I feel dumb for taking it so seriously. Good trick though 🙂

    • Video Entertainment Analysis Group was one of the three organizations of press allowed to attend the meeting for “historical” purposes. Honestly, we could get in a lot of trouble bringing this to you guys.

  3. Lol they are acting like they are taking credit for what’s going on and want to reap all the money from it like it’s theirs. “We at Nintendo have always prided ourselves with innovation, and that’s exactly what Twitch Plays Pokemon is: innovative. It would be ludicrous not to take advantage of something like this.” Can’t really see them saying this though.

  4. Why can’t they just let us have our fun instead of dragging it into the financial world that is the number 1 reason why games and video’s could get ruined at the moment? If you ask me, they should just create their own thing BASED on this maybe, instead of trying to take it over or that Nintendo tries it themselves with a different stream.

  5. ive looked this up and all i can find is this exact story on small posts, no sources, no one else with the same story, no one else talking about this, no change to the current stream, and if this meeting was private this story wouldnt be released. the PR know better than to allow something as corporate and blunt as
    “We can also profit from the stream that is currently ongoing. Pokemon
    is Nintendo and Game Freak’s intellectual property. We have the right to
    make money from it, and to take down the stream if the creators don’t
    comply. We have already contacted lawyers to talk to the executives at
    Twitch, as well as the stream’s creator. Soon enough, we will see ad
    revenue from the streams”

    this seems like a hoax, i mean, the fact that the makers of this site were shady enough to name it “Video Entertainment Analysis Group” to make it seem like an official major organization when it isnt…. also its a lie that “Video Entertainment Analysis Group was one of the three organizations of
    press allowed to attend the meeting for “historical” purposes.
    Honestly, we could get in a lot of trouble bringing this to you guys.”

    they would make them sign NDAs, limit what could be said, and they wouldnt have to let anyone into the meeting.

    • Look, I’ve had just about enough of your slandering our good name. Even if our news /was/ false, which it isn’t, because I /clearly/ stated that we went to Nintendo’s board meeting, who cares? Why do you want to be that one jerk that’s like “OMG THIS IS FAKE THIS IS RUINING MY INSIGNIFICANT LIFE SO LET ME RUIN SOMEONE ELSE’S INSIGNIFICANT LIVES BY STATING THE OBVIOUS?” We don’t need liars/jerks that hurt our feelings on this website! I’ll have you know the owner of this site takes time out of HIS BUSY DAY of raising his two children to bring only the highest quality news, and you’re gonna sit here slandering his good name when he’s neglecting his own children to do the world a service? SHAME ON YOU. LEAVE OUR SITE FOREVER YOU INSENSITIVE JERK.

  6. really, making a site filled with fake news on videogames? idiots go and post your garbage as actual news, until someone like me finds this is the original source and discovers its all lies made by a site that has the gall to call itself “Video Entertainment Analysis Group” so it sounds official and not disclosing in the name that this is fake. this isnt funny, the Onion is only funny because we know its fake from the beginning and its actual satire, this crap is just libel. i look down the recent posts…. this is just pathetic. all that you will be remembered as is the spreader of a hoax. people will copy and paste from this article and people will believe it. that’s not the point, the audience is never supposed to be deceived into believing that it is true and not satire.

  7. @higbeygraal:disqus is a muckraker! He is spreading lies about our prestigious organization making such brash, uninformed claims that the information Video Entertainment Analysis Group provides is fake! Even if this article were to be a tad…embellished, where art thou sense of humor? We pride ourselves on being the world’s only INTELLECTUAL gaming website, and though we are open to criticism, we are not open to slander!

    • except this is slander… you have to disclose that this is a parody within the page so anyone reading it will see it, currently if you search “nintendo to capitalize on twitch plays pokemon” you will see people posting this story everywhere and people are believing it, compare the comments on this to the other posts that are barren. you only got hits and comments and so many reposts because you wrote lies, not a parody or satire that is honestly funny, look at dorkly, they do it correctly, they make their articles into images with the dorkly logo, so you cant copy paste it and so anyone that sees the image will know its not real.

      basically youve preyed on a few morons, and now those morons have spread this hoax around and people are believing it because its not disclosed or made overtly obvious that it is satire.

      you see, parody and satire make fun of it and make it obvious that its not serious. this is just flat out lying.

      this site isnt funny, its not intellectual, and its not informative. you are lucky that they cant legally sue you for this and that it didnt go viral.

  8. ” after the Wii-U’s lifetime sales were surpassed by those of the Xbox One and PS4.”

    Except they haven’t , lifetime sales of the WiiU are at 6 million, Xbox One have shipped (not sold , shipped) 3.9 million

    So even if they have sold all the shipped Xbox ones then they are still behind by 2 million

    The WiiU has a image issue, inaccurate reporting doesn’t help matters

  9. I don’t know why anyone is ever doubting the legitimacy of VEAG. You’re obviously not an intelligent type of person if you’re going to shun the world’s only true, unbiased, all factual, intellectual video entertainment news source.

  10. Hopefully the developer behind the stream will just take down the Nintendo based experiments. If not, we could just ignore the Nintendo backed streams entirely. Honestly I’m surprised, Nintendo’s as corporate as any other game developer. But more kiddie.

  11. I figured it out. Higbaay Graal (my spelling /may/ not be 100% accurate) slanders this article ad the prestigious VEAG itself simply because s/he was denied the chance to be at such a “historical” meeting.

Think you have an intellectual comment?