- Japanese video game programmer and businessman who served as the fourth president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Nintendo
|Born:||06 December 1959 Comment |
|When did Satoru Iwata die? / Died||11 July 2015|
|How many years did Satoru Iwata live? / Lived||55 years|
|Where was Satoru Iwata born?||Hokkaido, Japan|
Who was Satoru Iwata? / Facts
- He is widely regarded as a major contributor in broadening the appeal of video games to a wider audience by focusing on novel and entertaining games rather than top-of-the-line hardware
- Born in Sapporo, Japan, Iwata expressed interest in video games from an early age and created his first simple game while in high school
- He later majored in computer science at the Tokyo Institute of Technology
- In 1980, he joined the game developer HAL Laboratory while attending the university
- During his early years at HAL Laboratory he worked as a programmer and closely collaborated with Nintendo, producing his first commercial game in 1983
- Notable titles to which he contributed at HAL include EarthBound and the Kirby series
- Following a downturn and near-bankruptcy, Iwata became the president of HAL Laboratory in 1993 at the insistence of Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi and brought financial stability to the company
- In the following years, he assisted in the development of the Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. series
- Iwata joined Nintendo as the head of its corporate-planning division in 2000
- Nintendo soon saw notable growth with Iwata's assistance and, as a result, he s쳮ded Yamauchi as the company's president in May 2002
- Under Iwata's direction, Nintendo developed the Nintendo DS and Wii video game consoles, helping the company to achieve financial success in the industry
- As a self-declared gamer, he focused on expanding the appeal of video games across all demographics through a "blue ocean" business strategy
- The company attained record profits by 2009, and Barron's placed Iwata among the top 30 CEOs worldwide
- Iwata subsequently expanded his blue ocean strategy by defining a quality of life product line for the Wii that later evolved into a ten-year business strategy to create stand-alone products
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Last update: 25 February 2017
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