The Nintendo UK team has just lost a major player. Andy Yates, an executive who’s been with the game for 26 years, has announced his retirement.

Yates started as head of trade marketing in 2001, then moved on to UK sales director for 13 years after that. From there, he was promoted to deputy general manager of Nintendo UK, which is the position he’s retiring from.

You can read a note from Yates on his retirement below.

“I feel so lucky to have worked for Nintendo which is a wonderful company and I shall miss the video games industry enormously. I would like to thank all my colleagues, customers, agencies, friends and adversaries whom I have worked with over the years and I wish everyone good health and success for the future. My new office will be my local golf club, where I hope to concentrate on lowering my playing handicap so please wish me good luck. ‘Stay safe everyone’ and I hope our paths cross again someday.”

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