Electronic Arts veteran and Oculus VR publishing head, David De Martini has passed away at the age of 56 according to a Facebook post by Geoff Keighley and confirmed by his son Domini De Martini. He passed away yesterday at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California, of complications from a lung transplant.
DeMartini’s career at EA started in 1999 and he headed up EA Partners, the program which sees EA publish and distribute titles from other developers such as Titanfall. He also headed Origin, EA’s digital platform service which has over 50 million users.
After Electronic Arts, he joined Oculus VR as the head of worldwide publishing in 2013 but left eight months after joining to become an independent consultant for companies in VR, gaming, entertainment and e-commerce.
Oculus released a statement to GamesIndustry.biz
David DeMartini was an early pioneer at Oculus and we were fortunate to learn from him, to call him a friend and to experience his incredible determination and infectious humor. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends right now.
Electronic Arts released a statement reading
David DeMartini was an institution here at EA for many years. His trademark wit, passion and warmth shaped every team, game and project he touched. We’ve lost a great one, and our hearts go out to his family, friends and everyone that had the great fortune to know him. DeMar will be truly missed.
We at Inside Gamer would like to offer our sincere condolences to David’s family, friends and colleagues.