As some of you might already know, today it was announced that Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo since 2002, has passed away on 11-07 at the age of 55. (source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2015/150713e.pdf ). I’m at work atm so I don’t really have time to write a long post about the magnificent Iwata-san (I would really love to tough), but I wanted to dedicate a short post dedicated to the late CEO of Nintendo.
Iwata-san was off the radar for a bit last year because of the removal of a tumor, but all signs pointed at a full recovery.
“In general, it is said that a bile duct growth can be difficult-to-treat, partly because of the difficulty of detecting it early. In my case, luckily, it was detected very early and I had no symptoms. I was counseled that removal at an early stage would be the desirable medical option. Therefore I had surgery last week, and I came through it well, as predicted.” -Iwata.
Iwata was seen in a video at the E3 last month and nothing hinted that he might still have health problems (in retrospective, he skipped the event itself, so that was probably due to his health). His death shocked the gaming community. Iwata-san was one of the few game developers that was well-loved by everyone and he gained almost a cult status by his Nintedo Directs and Iwata Asks. He had heart for Nintendo and he will be missed.