The DICE Awards were last night, and former President Satoru Iwata was posthumously presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the video gaming industry. The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, the gaming industry’s version of the Oscars, inducted Iwata with its highest award.
This award was presented in front of video gaming executives by John Schappert, the founder of Shiver Entertainment. The significance of Iwata’s contributions were highlighted by several in attendance; Nintendo of America Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime regaled the audiences with touching eulogies of Iwata’s uniqueness, his successes in the Nintendo Wii and DS era, and his rise to the presidency, as the first man outside of the Yamauchi family to take control of Nintendo. Fils-Aime accepted the award on behalf of Nintendo that evening.
Satoru Iwata has had a decorated career, beginning as a programmer for HAL Laboratories, coding for games such as Kirby or Super Smash Bros. Iwata’s passing left a tremendous impact, following his untimely passing from a bile duct growth back in July 2015. Even months after his passing, the impacts are still being felt, and it is wonderful to see someone with as decorated a career as Iwata being honored in this way. This industry would not be the same without Satoru Iwata, and because of him, we have much more people out there playing games.