EA veteran David DeMartini passes awayFormer Oculus exec, head of EA Partners and EA Origin is sadly no longer with usJames BrightmanThursday 2nd June 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareSome very sad news was revealed on Facebook today by longtime journalist Geoff Keighley: 15-year veteran of Electronic Arts David DeMartini has died. While the bulk of his career was at EA, DeMartini had left the company at the end of 2013 to join Oculus VR as the head of worldwide publishing. In a statement released to GamesIndustry.biz, Oculus commented, “David DeMartini was an early pioneer at Oculus and we were fortunate to learn from him, to call him a friend and to experience his incredible determination and infectious humor. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends right now.”According to his LinkedIn profile, DeMartini had left Oculus only eight months later to act as an independent consultant for companies in VR, gaming, entertainment and e-commerce. During his time at EA dating back to 1999, DeMartini worked on numerous big franchises as senior vice president, including Tiger Woods PGA Tour and The Godfather, and he played a critical role in signing developers like Harmonix and Valve while overseeing EA Partners. As EA moved more and more into the digital space, DeMartini also was responsible for the upstart EA Origin digital distribution platform, which has grown to well over 50 million users.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games GamesIndustry.biz would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to all of DeMartini’s family, friends and co-workers.[UPDATE]: Electronic Arts also released a statement, saying, “David DeMartini was an institution here at EA for many years. His trademark wit, passion and warmth shaped every team, game and project he touched. We’ve lost a great one, and our hearts go out to his family, friends and everyone that had the great fortune to know him. DeMar will be truly missed.”[UPDATE 2]: Polygon managed to speak with DeMartini’s son, Dominic, who confirmed that David suffered complications from a lung transplant while at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. David DeMartini was 56 years old.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 8 hours agoLatest comments (1)Simon Gardner CEO, Climax4 years ago That is very sad news. David was Climax’s first contact at Oculus and his enthusiasm and positivity encouraged us to take the plunge into VR. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.