Bandai Namco Entertainment founder and father of Pac-Man Masaya Nakamura died on January 22 at age 91, said Namco in an official statement a week after his death.
The announcement was revealed so late after the creator's death due to the request by the Namco head cited in the statement. Other requests were that the funeral services following his death were only attended by close relatives and the withholding of the personal details surrounding Nakamura's death.
Masaya Nakamura was born on December 23, 1925. He established Nakamura Manufacturing in 1955 (which would later be known as Bandai Namco Entertainment after Namco and Bandai merged.)
Nakamura Manufacturing initially started off with the creation of mechanical rodeo-horses for children before transitioning to the creation of coin-operated video games in the 70s.
He became Namco's president in 2002 and then the senior adviser of Bandai Namco Holdings in 2005.
Pac-Man plugged into the gaming world for the first time in 1980 and would eventually earn the title of the world's most successful coin-operated arcade game from the Guinness Book of World Records for its popularity in Japan and around the world. Even 30 years after the first time the iconic yellow icon tried to eat as many dots as possible, Pac-Man remains one of the most iconic games in the video game industry.
Pac-Man is one of many notable games released by the company, including iconic gaming franchises like Tekken, Soul Calibur and Time Crisis.
Nakamura's involvement in the gaming community would eventually lead to his induction into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in 2010. The Japanese government also recognized Nakamura's success in business and entertainment by honoring him with the Order of the Rising Sun in 2007.
A "Farewell Gathering" in Nakamura's honor is expected for an undetermined date in the future.