08 Mar

Recently Elder-Geek reported on the passing of Capcom COO Mark Beaumont, of a heart attack in late February. The Chief Operating Officer garnered a lot of respect in his tenure, evidenced by a recent scholarship passed by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), which will donate $2,500 to four students a year who are looking into jobs within the video game industry.

“Never one to seek the spotlight, Mark Beaumont has been a patient and invaluable mentor to me and the hundreds of other people he has touched over the course of nearly three decades in the industry,” said Christian Svensson, corporate officer/vice president of strategic planning & business development, Capcom Entertainment, and AIAS board member. “When you look at all of the games and brands he’s touched and people whose respect he has earned, I can think of no one that is more deserving of this honor than Mark.”

“Mark Beaumont exemplified the qualities that define success within the world of interactive entertainment,” said Joseph Olin, president, AIAS. “The Academy Foundation believes that encouraging young adults to pursue careers within the business of interactive entertainment is the most fitting way to honor Mark and his accomplishments.”