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Former Starbreeze Studios CEO Mikael Nermark

Longtime Starbreeze executive Mikael Nermark has passed away at age 50.

Nermark served as Starbreeze Studios’ CEO and president twice during his 11 years at the Payday publisher, first in 2011 and then again in 2018 following a five-year run as the company’s COO. Before stepping down and CEO and president last year, Nermark oversaw much of Starbreeze’s reconstruction process as it sought to recover from financial hardship and regain long-term stability.

Loved ones shared word of his passing in a LinkedIn post over the weekend, prompting an outpouring of memories and kind words from colleagues and friends.

“Mikael have fought
against his cancer for a year, and he have fought hard. His strength
under the circumstances is truly inspirational and gives us all a
perspective on life,” reads the post written by Avalanche Studios co-founder Christofer Sundberg and Starbreeze global marketing director Pelle Sunnerot.

“He lived every day like it mattered because it does
and that is something we should all take with us as we honor his
memory. His laugh, his guidance to us who have worked with him, his
calm, his knowledge, his humor, and his voice will be with us forever.
Gone, but never forgotten.”

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