The trade association demands a public response regarding the issue.
Trade group The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA) has called upon Nintendo to explain its position on publishing game data in a recent press release.
TIGA is typically known as the representative of game developer interests (business and commercial) in the UK. On January 9th, TIGA CEO Richard Wilson made comments following news that Nintendo had refused to allow Icon Games to publish sales figures for their WiiWare titles. "If indie developers are to build effective businesses then they need to be able to share sales and downloaded games data with a variety of third parties," Wilson said. "This is necessary to facilitate business and financial planning, ease access to finance and aid recruitment".
Richard Hill-Whittall, director of Icon Games Entertainment, was more direct in his criticism of Nintendo. "Icon Games simply want to report on the games that they have self-published on WiiWare. Nintendo’s policy makes life as difficult as possible for small studios," Hill-Whittall said. In response to our previous article on Icon Games' numbers, Hill-Whittall gave a personal account of how the lack of sales numbers makes digital game financing a hard sell to investors.
A lack of available digital data is an issue that reaches much further than Nintendo, and it appears that there may come ramifications to those holding back. The UK game industry's Digital Group claims that potential video game investors are losing confidence because of a lack of digital data. Mediatonic's Geoff Heath echoes this sentiment, and says that "There is a ton of investors who want to invest in the games industry. I know quite a lot of them and what’s holding a lot of them back is getting good data on the non-boxed business."
As of right now, no public statement has been issued by Nintendo.