Veteran game designer, engineer and college professor Mike Sellers has died.
The news of his death was shared on social networks by friends and peers, who have described Sellers as someone with a great capacity for kindness and generosity.
Sellers began his career as a software engineer, working at companies such as Tektronix and Mentor Graphics in the 80s. He eventually began applying his talents to games at New World Designers, where he worked as a designer principal of UI and UX on a variety of products including children’s games.
After that, he went on to establish Archetype Interactive and create a massively multiplayer title, Meridian 59. Following 3DO’s acquisition of Archetype, Sellers was hired by the studio to continue leading production on Meridian 59 and other game projects.
Eventually, Sellers would join Electronic Arts and work on titles such as SimCity online, The Sims 2, and Ultimate online in his role as senior game designer.
After leaving EA in 2002, Sellers became a consultant before working at Online Alchemy, Kabam and Rumble, taking on leadership roles at all three companies.
In his later years, Sellers ventured into academia and most recently served as director and practice instructor for Indiana University’s Game Design degree program.