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:



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.”

Developers and publishers around the world