Given the way time seems to be passing during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s perhaps understandable we might not believe it’s been a little over a year since Reggie Fils-Aimé retired from Nintendo. In fact, it’s almost been a year and a half, and even with several months of lockdown, the genial executive who served as the face of Nintendo hasn’t let grass grow under his feet.
Fils-Aimé’s latest move has been to serve as a strategic advisor to the board of directors for Rogue Games. The publisher, best known for releasing mobile MOBA Vainglory, is looking to expand into the console and PC markets. Having Fils-Aimé advising them on the best way to accomplish that goal is certainly a smart move, given the man’s prior experience with Nintendo in particular and the console market at large. And it seems Fils-Aimé himself is excited over the prospect.
“When Rogue shared its console vision with me and I saw the first games that will be arriving this summer on platforms like Nintendo Switch, I was immediately impressed by the levels of ambition and innovation,” he commented. “I’m always on the lookout for fast-growing and innovative companies that are ready to shape the future of games and I’m excited to join Rogue in their mission to unite and simplify games publishing across all platforms.”
This is not the first board position Fils-Aimé has taken since his retirement from Nintendo. Back in September of last year, he joined the board of the New York Videogames Critics Circle. In March of this year, he joined the board of troubled video game retailer GameStop.
As for Rogue Games, they’ve received two rounds of funding, both with fairly modest amounts ($1.25 million which completed in March, another $2 million starting in May). How well that will translate to publishing success is uncertain at this time, but with Fils-Aimé advising them, it’s decidedly better than it might have been otherwise.