An American game designer who worked on several Switch games has died, according to a statement on the developer’s website.
Daniel Loughman, 32, who also worked on the Nintendo Switch mobile game Fluxx, died Wednesday at his home in Chicago.
The developer’s statement reads in part:Loughman had been suffering from a heart attack and was receiving treatment, but his condition had deteriorated and he had been placed into a medically induced coma.
Loughmen work was at the heart of Fluxx’s development, and he was the co-founder of the company with Tom Panchuk, who worked at Nintendo of America for more than 15 years before his retirement in June 2018.
Panchuk and Loughmans brother Mike, who now runs Switch’s game development team, wrote on the game’s Facebook page that the team is “heartbroken” by Loughmen death.
“We are in disbelief at the loss of Daniel,” Mike said.
Laughingstock’s announcement about Loughmills death didn’t mention his involvement with Fluxx.
Lougmans family said in a statement that they were unable to provide more details because of the “privacy and privacy implications.”
Loughnman was diagnosed with acute obstructive pulmonary disease in March, the company said, and had been under observation since March 21.
He was treated with an anti-inflammatory drug, which the company described as “a drug to treat obstructive obstructive lung disease.”
Loughmill was a former Apple and Nintendo employee and worked for the company for more 10 years.
He helped develop and publish a number of Switch titles.
He also worked at Atari, Blizzard Entertainment, and EA Sports, according, to his LinkedIn page.
A native of Michigan, Loughmuns father was a software engineer at the U.S. Air Force.
He worked for Nintendo of North America from 1991 to 2003 and was in charge of the Switch handheld console and its portable games and apps, according.
The Switch launched in North America on Sept. 7, 2018.
It was announced in October that Nintendo of Europe had acquired Fluxx for $500 million, and in March that Nintendo had sold the company to the Finnish gaming company Feral Interactive.