The managing director of Vertigo Games Amsterdam, Arthur Houtman, passed away on July 28. Houtman worked at the Dutch game studio for almost fifteen years and was previously active as co-founder and CEO of Vanguard Games and Force Field.
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According to the game studio Houtman was the ‘driving force’ behind the VR games-focused company. Houtman recently reached retirement age, but according to Vertigo Games still wanted to work during the takeover by Koch Media, part of the umbrella Swedish company Embracer Group.
“It feels incredibly unfair that he didn’t get the chance to complete these final steps and take a well deserved retirement after all the hard work he put into our company. (…) Arthur will be remembered as a straight shooter who didn’t mince words, but was always honest and focused on the end result. Above all, he was humble, generous and a kind man; a source of advice thanks to his 30 years of experience in the video game industry.”
Vertigo Games has been focusing entirely on VR games for years. The company was founded in Rotterdam and now also has branches in Amsterdam and Los Angeles. Vertigo made zombie shooter Arizona Sunshine and the post-apocalyptic After the Fall, among other things.