This is really just a blip on the gaming news cycle, but Ryan Brant the founder and former CEO of Take Two Interactive passed away at just 49 years old.
Ultimately, Ryan's legacy will likely focus on his shortcomings and challenges as CEO of a public company. However, he was also the person who acquired DMA Design and BMG Interactive and its two lead game designers, Sam and Dan Houser. BMG and DMA later rebranded into Rockstar and Rockstar North and turned a quirky and controversial 2D game into one of the greatest franchises in video gaming. He also helped launch the 2K Games label.
Personally, Ryan gave me my first job in video games, and I worked closely with him at Take Two during a very fluid time at the company. The foundation of my knowledge of the video games business was formed there. I'm still in the games business today, and I can still relate most of what I do (and what not to do) to experiences I had back then. He was the last hand I shook when I left Take Two nearly 15 years ago.
I'm hoping he's in a much more peaceful place now.