With a statement from Sumo Digital, news arrives of the death of Ian Richardson at the age of 53, director of the company and veteran of the gaming industry. In this field he spent 30 years of his life, of which the last 6 within Sumo Digital, favoring its exponential growth.
At the moment, according to the little information released, seems to have died of natural causes, at the moment not yet fully defined. In addition to his work and company projects, Richardson has contributed to fundraising for SpecialEffect, a charity that specializes in helping people with physical disabilities play video games. Because of his commitment and contribution, the director was also the institution’s ambassador.
Through an official statement, Sumo Digital expressed its condolences for the loss of a friend and colleague.
To all of our industry friends, the terrible news this weekend of Ian Richardson’s death hit us hard. Sumo has lost one of its brightest stars. Gone so suddenly and too soon, our thoughts go out to his family and all those who loved him.
To all our friends in the industry, the terrible news this weekend of the passing of Ian Richardson has hit us hard. Sumo has lost one of its brightest stars. Gone suddenly and far too early, our thoughts are with his family and all that loved him.https://t.co/tR9Za9nMmC
– Sumo Digital (@SumoDigitalLtd) July 27, 2021
The message, also distributed through Twitter, continues underlining the director’s dedication to his work.
Ian’s energy and dedication was boundless, for early morning calls to the East or late night calls to the West, he always managed to be on time. He loved planning trips and was always the first to arrive and the last to leave every conference or show on the calendar. Ian knew everyone present and didn’t waste a moment chatting with all of them. We often saw him at the bar at the end of the day, a glass of chardonnay in his hand and never without a story about the industry that would entertain us.
The memory ends with hope, especially given the global pandemic situation:
We hope to see each other again and raise a glass together in his honor.
He leaves behind his wife Nikki Thurston and four children Stef, Britt, Miles and Isobel.