Tonight at the DICE Awards, the late president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata was awarded the lifetime achievement award by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo of America’s President, accepted the award on Mr. Iwata’s behalf.
“On behalf of Mr. Iwata’s family and all of Nintendo, thank you for this lifetime achievement award,” he said. “Mr. Iwata has been gone for some time but I still think about him almost every day.”
As you may recall, Mr. Iwata passed away from health complications last summer at the age of 55. His death resonated with the Nintendo faithful, as he was the public face of the company, hosting many Nintendo Direct videos as well as hosting the long-running developer Q&A interviews called Iwata Asks. His dedication to the gaming industry and the fact that he was a programmer himself really gave him great insights into managing Nintendo to record profits. He will continue to be greatly missed.