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Nintendo invites tech startups to pitch ideas for Switch

Venture capital partnership to foster more open development environment

Nintendo intends to bring in new technologies for the Switch from outside the company and its long-standing partners.

OSAKA -- Nintendo is set to invite startups to submit ideas for technology to enhance the functions of the Switch games console in a bid to foster a more open development environment.

The company is working with San Francisco-based Scrum Ventures on the initiative, which is aimed at incorporating new technologies from outside the game maker's traditional strengths.

So far, Nintendo has developed its consoles alone or alongside companies with which it has a long-standing relationship.

Scrum Ventures has been commissioned to seek out and assess ideas regarding a wide range of technologies concerning both hardware and software. In addition to startups, universities and research institutions within companies will be eligible for the program.

Nintendo's aim is to keep users engaged by enhancing the features of the console and its software.

Ideas will be solicited through June 9 and applicants that pass an initial screening will be able to fine-tune their ideas with advice from Nintendo engineers before a final screening scheduled for fall 2018.

Neither Nintendo nor Scrum Ventures plans to invest in the applicants.

Nintendo has been interested in forming a partnership with the venture capital company ever since the launch of the Switch in March 2017.

The company is trying to create an environment that facilitates the development of software for the Switch by emerging businesses and has sought to engage such companies through programs such as distributing development equipment.

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