Ray Kassar, president of Atari from Feb 1978 through July 1983 passed away on Dec 10.2017.
I know many Atari fans have mixed feelings about the man, but he did oversee the golden age of Atari. And sadly, it's demise as well.
It's fair to say he had good and bad leadership qualities. On the good side, he streamlined Atari and it's manufacturing processes. He added much-needed discipline and formality to the company culture. He kicked off the arcade port craze with the licensing of Space Invaders for 2600. Atari saw astronomical growth under his early leadership.
On the negative side, he didn't seem to value the programmers that created Atari's games. If he'd given in to programmer demands for a little recognition and profit-sharing, it could have prevented the third party software craze that drove the crash of 1983. He was a prima donna, with long commutes with a driver to Atari HQ. I dismantled Atari's renowned R&D machine. He valued milking the 2600 for all it was worth rather than developing a better and more innovative gaming system.
RIP Ray Kassar.
Edited by RickR, 05 January 2018 - 10:35 PM.