Bernie Stolar, one of the crucial vital online game executives of the Nineties, has handed away on the age of 75, GamesBeat experiences.
Stolar started working within the online game enterprise in 1980, first founding a coin-op firm earlier than shifting to Atari, the place he did all the things from engaged on their arcade video games to their later dwelling console efforts to, of all issues, main growth on the Lynx, Atari’s infamously monumental handheld system.
He then moved to Sony the place he helped discovered the American division of the corporate’s PlayStation model, serving as the corporate’s first government vice chairman. While at Sony his greatest achievement was lining up various studios and properties for the PlayStation’s early library of video games—forming relationships that in lots of circumstances endure in 2022—together with Ridge Racer, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro.
After the PlayStation’s launch Stolar moved to rivals Sega, the place he didn’t fiddle. As GamesBeat remembers:
“When I received to Sega I instantly mentioned, ‘We need to kill Saturn. We need to cease Saturn and begin constructing the brand new know-how.’ That’s what I did. I introduced in a brand new group of individuals and cleaned home. There have been 300-some-odd staff and I took the corporate right down to 90 staff to begin rebuilding,” Stolar mentioned.
While with Sega Stolar made one other visionary long-term signing, shopping for a studio referred to as Visual Concepts who would go on to change into 2K Sports, and who proceed to launch the NBA 2K collection to this present day.
Stolar’s post-90s profession was marked by spells at Mattel (the place he pushed the corporate to double down on the manufacturing of Barbie video video games) and Google, the place he served as the corporate’s first ever “Games Evangelist”, a place he tried to make use of to champion the concept of a streaming recreation service, one thing the corporate waved off on the time after which…would revisit a decade later, lengthy after Stolar had left, earlier than fully screwing it up.