David DeMartini was a huge name in the video game industry whose main staple was his time spent at Electronic Arts (EA) before he moved on to work on the next step in gaming evolution, the Oculus VR. His son, Patrick DeMartini confirmed the news to Polygon that his father passed on during a complication from a lung transplant while Geoff Keighley took to Twitter the night before.
The game industry lost a legend today: David DeMartini. He was a huge part of EA, EAPartners. An amazing man who loved his Kangol.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) June 2, 2016
DeMartini joined the EA team back in 1998 as is most known for his work on titles such as NCAA March Madness and the Tiger Woods games. The man spearheaded EA’s nod to the 1972 movie with their game that released in 2006 The Godfather.
EA Origin also has DeMartini to thank for his contributions for the platform. He became an effective leader in so many different facets in the gaming world and did a lot of good work for the companies he represented.
“David DeMartini was an institution here at EA for many years. His trademark wit, passion, and warmth shaped every team, game and project he touched. We’ve lost a great one, and our hearts go out to his family, friends, and everyone that had the great fortune to know him. DeMartini will be truly missed.”
Bioware General Manager Aaryn Flynn had this to say:
@geoffkeighley He took me to lunch for my interview as GM at BioWare 7 years ago. He was very kind and supportive, it’s always stuck with me
— Aaryn Flynn (@AarynFlynn) June 2, 2016
DeMartini also helped pave the way for the Oculus Rift with his work showcasing the tremendous opportunity this technology offered as Head of Worldwide Publishing. The team over at Oculus VR released this statement to Polygon:
“David DeMartini was an nearly pioneer at Oculus and we were fortunate to learn from him, to call him a friend, and to experience his incredible determination and infectious humor. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends right now.”
The Oculus was then purchased by Facebook which gave DeMartini the freedom to start up his own work at “DeMartini Consulting” as well as assisting with VR developer Side-Kick Games.
Our thoughts are with DeMartini’s friends and family as well as all of the lives he has touched within the gaming industry.
“He was he ultimate leader and team builder” – Dominic DeMartini, son