Masaya Nakamura, known as "father of Pac-man", passed away on January 22
The man known as the "father of Pac-Man" and the founder of Namco, Masaya Nakamura, passed away on January 22. The news of Nakamura's death was announced on Monday by Bandai Namco Holdings.
In 1955, Nakamura founded Namco under the name of "Nakamura Manufacturing", and served as its president from 1955 to 1990, and again from 1992 to 2002. He became a senior adviser to Bandai Namco Holdings in 2005 when Namco and Bandai merged into a single company.
Developed and released in 1980, Namco's Pac-Man was described as the world's "most successful coin-operated arcade game" by the Guinness Book of World Records. This was Nakamura's greatest work - earning him the title of being called the father of the hit Japanese arcade game.
Nakamura was awarded with a Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor from the Japanese government in 1986 for his contributions to advancements in industry. In 1997, he was recognized by the Japanese Minister of International Trade and Industry for his efforts in contributing to the advancement of computer technology.
Rest in peace, Nakamura-san.