announced today that its CEO and founder Takeshi Miyaji
died on July 29 at the age of 45. Cause of death was not released as part of the statement.
Miyaji co-founded Game Arts
at the age of 19, and is best known for creating the Grandia
series, as well as his involvement in other classics like Silpheed, GunGriffon,
and Lunar: The Silver Star
. In 2000, Miyaji founded G-Mode, a development studio focused on the then-emerging mobile-phone gaming market. He will be succeeded as CEO by Ryu Okoriyama, CEO of Gaia Holdings.