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Namco's founder has passed away at age 91

Bandai Namco has announced the death of Masaya Nakamura.

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Masaya Nakamura, founder of Namco, passed away on Sunday, January 22 at the age of 91.

Bandai Namco announced the news in a press release today.

The funeral and wake have already taken place, attended by close relatives. A 'Farewell gathering' in remembrance is going to be planned for a later date.

Nakamura Manufacturing was founded in 1955 and making amusement-rides was the bread-and-butter of the business. They later became Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company - Namco.

Pac-Man put the company on the map in 1980, cementing their place in video game history.

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