The industry has lost a leader.
Nintendo has announced that their beloved CEO and president, Satoru Iwata, passed away on July 11 "due to a bile duct growth." He was 55 years old.
Iwata was first appointed director of Nintendo in 2000 and was then promoted to president and representative director in 2002 (following the resignation of Hiroshi Yamauchi). He became the Nintendo of America CEO in 2013. Iwata was treated for the bile duct growth last year, which was removed in surgery, but there were concerns about his rapid weight loss following the operation.
Iwata worked on all sorts of well-known IPs, including Earthbound and Kirby , and gamers loved him for his honesty and cheerful attitude. Last year, he took a 50 percent pay cut as an apology for the company's disappointing Wii U sales, which earned him even more respect.
He always said that in his heart, he was a gamer. Which means, in truth, we've lost one of our own.