Below, games developers and executives pay tribute to the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who has passed away aged 55.
Nintendo announced the news early this morning UK time.
Iwata's contemporaries and competitors quickly began expressing their reactions to the news on social media.
Former colleagues and fellow industry leaders alike have posted their thoughts. A selection lies below.
Iwata's name is currently trending on Twitter worldwide.
Nintendo's flag is of course at half-mast today pic.twitter.com/QpIJPK7bwB— Dylan (@dylancuthbert) July 13, 2015
An incredibly sad start to the week. RIP Satoru Iwata. You had the respect of a world of gamers, including all of us at Rare. #ThankYouIwata— Rare Ltd. (@RareLtd) July 13, 2015
Sad day for Iwata-san’s family, friends, and gamers everywhere. His passion, creativity & leadership elevated our industry.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 13, 2015
Thank you for everything, Mr. Iwata.— PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 13, 2015
Please, I don't understand. #ThankYouIwata— Notch (@notch) July 13, 2015
"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer." - Iwata-san— Bungie (@Bungie) July 13, 2015
Really sad to hear about Iwata-san's passing today. As a fan of Nintendo since the NES, my heart goes out to his family, friends, & fans.— ᴀᴅᴀᴍ ʙᴏʏᴇs (@amboyes) July 13, 2015
RIP Iwata-san. You will be missed— John Smedley (@j_smedley) July 13, 2015
So sorry to hear about Mr. Iwata's passing. He was an unbelievable mind and talent, a passionate creative force. May he rest in peace.— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) July 13, 2015
R.I.P. Iwata-san. I never met him. My all time favorite video game is "balloon fight". Thanks.… https://t.co/I5hKWu3DyC— HidetakaSwerySuehiro (@Swery65) July 13, 2015
In my heart forever.http://t.co/w4cYNscXFy— 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) July 13, 2015
ゲーム業界の発展に多大な貢献をされた岩田さんのご冥福をお祈りします。— Shuhei BOT: Rescue Mission (@yosp) July 13, 2015
Whenever Mr. Iwata was in the office, he'd change his 3DS StreetPass message to "Hello NOA!" Was a company president that cared.— Andrew Kelly (@AndrewNK) July 13, 2015
First time I met Mr. Iwata, I was on a visit to NCL, he was this crazy excited young guy who ran HAL. Super nice, and a great dev. I'm sad:(— Ken Lobb (@RealKLobb) July 13, 2015
Sad day. Satoru Iwata has passed. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by him. He knew way more about dev than me. https://t.co/E9YRqPjfXe— Warren Spector (@Warren_Spector) July 13, 2015
Very sad to hear of the passing of Mr Iwata. Sympathies to his family, friends and Nintendo colleagues #RIPIwata— Phil Harrison (@MrPhilHarrison) July 13, 2015
Loved Mr. Iwata's quote. President as title, game dev's mind, gamers heart. Where's the tissue, I need it. Honestly.— Ken Lobb (@RealKLobb) July 13, 2015
In remembrance of Mr. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo will not be posting on our social media channels today. pic.twitter.com/N2kR0OKEXh— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 13, 2015