Last Saturday, July 11, 2015, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata died at the age of 55 due to a bile duct growth. Iwata had been having health problems for the past year. Iwata was well respected within the industry, and not just from within Nintendo.
Satoru Iwata began his career in 1983 as a programer for HAL Laboratory, best known for Nintendo’s Kirby and Earthbound games. After 10 years of working for HAL, he was promoted to president of the company in 1993. In 2000, Iwata was hired by Nintendo as their new head of corporate planning. During his time with Nintendo, Iwata lead the company to pioneer several new, important technologies, such as motion control, eventually becoming CEO of Nintendo and one of the industry’s most visible spokesmen. At the time of his death, Iwata was working on expanding Nintendo into mobile gaming.
We here at Reaxxion join the rest of the video game industry in giving our deepest condolences to Satoru Iwata’s family, friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace.