Former Sega of America president and founding member of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Bernie Stolar, has died aged 75 years old.

According to GamesBeat, Stolar – whose career started in 1980 when he set up his own coin-op arcade company – died in California. He had always been a very candid and transparent executive who talked openly about his triumphs and mistakes over the years.

“I loved working for Sony,” Stolar once said, according to GB. “I really did. But when the opportunity came up to go to Sega and help rebuild the business and come up with new hardware, I was very interested in doing it. I wouldn’t have left Sony if I hadn’t also lived in fear of getting fired along with everyone else, though.

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