Seattle local Joe Waters, a veteran game developer and programmer, passed away on Thursday.

joe_watersWaters worked in the game industry for 15 years, with companies like Monolith Productions, Hidden Path Entertainment, and 343 Industries. Most recently he was with Microsoft’s Xbox Advanced Technology Group.

“His impact on the Seattle game industry is monumental as he was the pioneer of Industry Night at the Garage,” Microsoft’s Collin Moore told Kotaku. “The connections, introductions, job offers, career advice, random encounters and more impacted so many people over 10 years or so it is hard to even put a number on it.”

“You knew Industry Night started with a firm handshake from Joe and him selflessly asking you how you are doing and ending with the walk to Dunnes before closing time. I am happy to call Joe a colleague, but most importantly a friend. You will be greatly missed.”

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