Masaya Nakamura, the former chairman of Namco and better known as the father of popular video game Pac-Man, died on , his company said Monday. He was 91. Nakamura established the predecessor of Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. in 1955, starting developing and managing games installed at amusement parks, typically rooftops of department stores across.
, Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. said. Changing the company name to Namco in 1977, Nakamura put Pac-Man, which became a worldwide hit, out in 1980, making him known as the “Father of Pac-Man.” Namco later merged with toy maker Bandai Co. in 2005. Pac-Man was recognized as the world’s most successful coin-operated arcade game in Guinness World Records in 2005, according to the company.