Gaming has lost one of its titans, and the industry is putting aside talk of exclusive downloadable content and co-marketing deals to remember a beloved leader.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata died on Saturday. After the company announced his passing on Sunday, many of the top executives and game makers from around the world came out to share their sadness. This includes Nintendo competitors like Sony and Microsoft.
Iwata was a developer and a gamer. He was one of us. And you can see the importance of that from emotional outpouring.
Here’s what the industry had to say:
“In my heart, I am a gamer”. Thanks for all the amazing memories. #RIPIwata— Xbox UK (@xboxuk) 2015, 7月 13
Sad day for Iwata-san’s family, friends, and gamers everywhere. His passion, creativity & leadership elevated our industry.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) 2015, 7月 13
Just learned the sad news about Iwata-san, rest in peace, you will be missed. http://t.co/ESv35ZFOHy— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) 2015, 7月 13
An incredibly sad start to the week. RIP Satoru Iwata. You had the respect of a world of gamers, including all of us at Rare. #ThankYouIwata— Rare Ltd. (@RareLtd) 2015, 7月 13
The game industry lost a giant with Mr. Iwata's passing. RIP.— ID@Xbox (@ID_Xbox) 2015, 7月 13
Sony Computer Entertainment boss Shawn Layden provided GamesBeat with the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Mr. Iwata’s passing. He contributed greatly to gaming through his leadership, vision, and commitment to delivering fun for everyone.
“On behalf of PlayStation, we’d like to extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Iwata’s family, friends, and everyone at Nintendo. We shall miss his passing for as long as there is gaming.”
Thank you for everything, Mr. Iwata.— PlayStation (@PlayStation) 2015, 7月 13
ゲーム業界の発展に多大な貢献をされた岩田さんのご冥福をお祈りします。— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) 2015, 7月 13
Really sad to hear about Iwata-san's passing today. As a fan of Nintendo since the NES, my heart goes out to his family, friends, & fans.— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) 2015, 7月 13
Developers and publishers around the world
Listening to the Gary Jules version of Mad World was a huge mistake this morning. You represent everything good and pure about games.— Markus Persson (@notch) 2015, 7月 13
KONAMI Europe (@konamieu) 2015, 7月 13
"Our deepest condolences & sympathies go out to Mr. Iwata’s family & everyone at Nintendo. He will be missed." - Yves Guillemot— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) 2015, 7月 13
We offer our sincere condolences at the loss of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, and express our tremendous respect for his life and work.— PlatinumGames Inc. (@platinumgames) 2015, 7月 13
"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer." - Iwata-san— Bungie (@Bungie) 2015, 7月 13
RIP, Mr. Iwata. Thanks for all the incredible fun and inspiration.— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) 2015, 7月 13
We are sincerely saddened to hear of the passing of Iwata-san. Our best to his family in their time of loss.— Obsidian (@Obsidian) 2015, 7月 13
In my heart forever. http://t.co/w4cYNscXFy— 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) 2015, 7月 13
Very sad to hear of the passing of Mr Iwata. Sympathies to his family, friends and Nintendo colleagues #RIPIwata— Phil Harrison (@MrPhilHarrison) 2015, 7月 13
Satoru Iwata was the kind of exec you want, a passionate gamer, 'one of us'. Sorry to see him go. What an incredible legacy, though.— Mike Bithell (@mikeBithell) 2015, 7月 13