Othello inventor Goro Hasegawa dies aged 83

The man widely credited with creating the popular board game Othello has died at the age of 83.

The Japanese game inventor, Goro Hasegawa has been championed as the designer that brought Othello to the global market having sold tens of millions of copies around the world since the 1970s.

Hasegawa died on June 20th in Japan. A cause of death has not been specified.

Hasegawa’s passing was confirmed by the even manager of the World Othello Federation, Benkt Steentoft who made the announcement via Facebook.

According to various sources, Hasegawa’s Othello was first thought up when he was living in his hometown Mito in the late 40s and early 50s.

The name of the game is thought to have been inspired by Hasegawa’s father, Shiro, an English literature scholar and is derived from the title of the Shakespeare tragedy.

The game was first mass produced in Japan by the Tsukuda corporation in 1973. Hasegawa promoted the game through organised tournaments and served as the head of the Japan Othello Association.

Hasegawa helped take the game global when he secured a partnership with the US firm Anjar Corporation.

According to the Toy & Game Inventor Awards website, Othello has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

The World Othello Federation will hold the 40th annual championships in Mito this November.

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