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November 29, 2021

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Nintendo of America has closed their offices in California and Toronto, displacing roughly 100 employees


This might come as a surprise to you, but Nintendo of America does not have a single building that they use as their headquarters. In fact, they have 2 of them. One is in the United States, located at Redmond, Washington. The other can be found in Canada, located at Vancouver, British Columbia.

Nintendo also has 2 smaller offices. One is in Toronto, Ontario, and another is in Redwood City, California. Unfortunately, Nintendo has announced that these 2 offices are closing. In a statement provided to Kotaku, Nintendo of America said that “Nintendo of America headquarters are in Redmond, WA, and Vancouver, BC. We are moving more of our employees and operations into those headquarters and will be closing small satellite offices in Toronto, ON, and Redwood City, CA, over time”.

Unfortunately, this is not the only bad news. Nintendo of America’s Nick Chavez is resigning from his SVP of Sales and Marketing position. He announced on LinkedIn earlier this week that he’ll be joining Kentucky Fried Chicken to help the company continue to grow the Yum! brands. KFC’s United States branch named him their chief advertising and marketing officer earlier today.

Prior to Reggie Fils-Aime’s retirement, the SVP of Sales and Marketing position was held by Doug Bowser. When Reggie retired, Doug Bowser was promoted to the Nintendo of America president role, while the vacancy left by Doug Bowser was filled by Chavez. Nintendo of America said in their statement to Kotaku that “Devon Pritchard, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Publisher Relations for Nintendo of America (NOA), will assume interim leadership of Sales, Marketing and Communications following the departure of Nick Chavez. Ms. Pritchard will oversee strategy and execution of sales, marketing and communications across the U.S. and Canada”.

Sadly, there is even more bad news to share. You see, Nintendo’s closure of these 2 offices mean that roughly 100 employees are being displaced. According to Kotaku, “a source” told them that “many of the now-displaced staff were upset over the decision”. The good news is that none of the employees seem to be fired. However, their displacement still leaves them with an annoying inconvenience that could result in them having to make some important decisions soon.

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