Kalypso boss Simon Hellwig has passed away

Kalypso boss Simon Hellwig has passed away

The owner and joint MD of games firm Kalypso Media, Simon Hellwig, has passed away aged 46.

The news was announced by the company, though there's no detail as to what led to his death.

Hellwig co-founded Kalypso back in 2006. The firm now has over 200 employees around the world, across locations in Germany, England, France, Japan and North America. Hellwig's love of video games started at an early age, buying and selling them to magazines.

Kalypso Media managing director Dr Anika Thun is going to continue to lead the company in that role in the wake of Hellwig's passing.

"Kalypso Media has lost an enormously well-respected leader and friend," the company wrote in a press release.

"Throughout his sixteen years at the helm, Simon consistently inspired those around him through his dedication to his team, the business and the wider industry. His brilliant vision and his endless enthusiasm knew no bounds and he will be immensely missed by his Kalypso Media family and friends within the industry. As a family business, Anika and Simon were united as partners in every way and this loss is immeasurable. Our thoughts are with all those who were dear to him."

Our thoughts are with Simon Hellwig's family and friends during this difficult time.

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