RIP Frank Herman

This week has been a time for private mourning amongst family and close friends, but a man so important to the games industry, and loved by so many, must also be remembered in MCV.

We will publish a full tribute to Uncle Frank next week and invite eulogies from former colleagues or rivals. Let’s celebrate his 25 years in the business.

Frank achieved more than can be done justice here. He co-founded Mastertronic, the first ever budget games publisher. He brought Sega to Europe and effectively built the modern console market – Nintendo were way behind for years.

Frank also set up GT Interactive over here. Quietly, he served on many a board and aided many a private deal.

He was the first person I interviewed, back in 1986 when I was 19. We were all young then. Except Frank, of course. He was always ancient. And always the smartest guy in the room.

A dozen years later he aided the MBO that created Intent Media. Frank made those he touched feel special. That was his gift. But we are many, whilst Frank was one of a kind. He will be sadly missed.

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