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DICE honors Satoru Iwata with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Emotional night for friends of Nintendo leader

The game industry took time to remember Satoru Iwata tonight, honoring the former Nintendo president with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

At the DICE Awards, organized by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé accepted the award and spoke about his old and friend and colleague, who died last year, age 55.

"On behalf of Mr. Iwata's family and all of Nintendo, thank you for this lifetime achievement award," he said. "Mr. Iwata has been gone for some time but I still think about him almost every day."

Fils-Aimé talked about Iwata's contribution to gaming as a developer and as a business leader. But he mostly talked about Iwata's good nature and his way of putting other people first as well as his humility, self-effacing style and generosity.

Former Electronic Arts exec and now Shiver Entertainment boss John Schappert recalled how Iwata always found time to talk to anyone in the game industry, even when he was riding high from the success of DS and Wii. "Mr. Iwata left an indelible mark on the industry. He made gaming bigger and better," said Schappert.