Satoru Iwata the president of Nintendo and chief executive officer of Nintendo of America left the gaming industry mourning on July 11 due to medical issues that he had been facing since over a year.
The entire gaming industry has been paying homage to the veteran on social media platforms for the person he was and the work he has done.
However, Reggie Fils-Aime the president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America thinks that the impact Satoru Iwata has had on the gaming industry cannot be fully appreciated right now as it would take years to understand that.
In an official statement released recently, Fils-Aime added that Iwata-san was always pushing them to forward, challenging them to “upset the paradigms” and do the utmost to endear the fans:
Mr. Iwata is gone, but it will be years before his impact on both Nintendo and the full video game industry will be fully appreciated. He was a strong leader for our company, and his attributes were clear to most everyone: Intelligence, creativity, curiosity and sense of humor. But for those of us fortunate enough to work closely with him, what will be remembered most were his mentorship and, especially, his friendship. He was a wonderful man. He always challenged us to push forward…to try the new…to upset paradigms—and most of all, to engage, excite and endear our fans. That work will continue uninterrupted.
There is no doubt in the importance Satoru Iwata gave to connecting with the fans and it was him who shifted from the corporate E3 presentations that companies hold to the unorthodox event that Nintendo held focusing on specific audience – that was but one of the many steps he took, of course.