Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé will be awarded the Andrew Yoon prize at the New York Game Awards for his achievements in the video game industry for exhibiting “a significant, sustained body of work that shows exceptional achievement and innovation”.
According to New York Videogame Critics Circle founder Harold Goldberg, “We present Reggie with the organization’s Legend Award as a sign of our continued gratitude and admiration for his positive and lasting impact on the video game industry. Never before have we seen such a dynamic and captivating, yet approachable executive lead a gaming company and create such change in the industry.”
Apart from this, Reggie also recently spoke at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business on his experiences as a leader at Nintendo, Pizza Hut, and more. Some of his insight included how he gained an appreciation for non-verbal communication thanks to his exchanges with his Japanese peers:
“Translation does not capture a smile, or a twinkle in the eye. Those are non-verbal cues that are part of the message being sent, as is body language. It’s good to value silence, too, which helps you think and take the time to understand exactly what is being said.”
A playlist of recordings of the highlights from his talk can be found on Youtube here.