Stewart Gilray, the creator of Just Add Water, has died at 51

Stewart Gilray, founder and CEO at Just Add Water, has passed away at 51.

Gilray was admitted at the hospital on December 20th after testing positive to COVID-19. Unfortunately, he passed away January 6th after a few weeks of fighting this virus.

The CEO of Just Add Water, founded in the UK by the founder in 2006, was a well-known developer who remained there for 15 years. Gravity CrashMany Oddworld titles.

Gilray started as a freelance programmer in the ’80s, where he worked with studios such as Psygnosis, Bullfrog, Core Design, and Argonaut Software.

Gilray has worked for several companies over his career including 21st Century Entertainment (now Revolution Software) and Just Add Water. It is also responsible to titles like Sniper EliteVR, Toy Soldiers HDAnd Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality.

As reported by GamesIndustry, several members of the games industry have paid tribute the Gilray’s passing.

“Stewart was one of the most loved people in the games industry,” said indie developer Shahid Ahmad. “He and I hit it off at our very first meeting well over a decade ago and had been very close friends since, sharing our highest highs and lowest lows. He was one of only a handful of people in the industry who I trusted enough to open up with…

“My thoughts and prayers are with them. Stew is irreplaceable and so is our friendship. The massive outpouring of love for him is testament to him as a man who cared deeply about people.”

Byron Atkinson Jones, principal engineer at PlayStation, shared his thoughts and said, “Stewart was somebody I truly considered to be a friend. He was always there to help. He never judged. He would often call me on the phone to check up on how I was doing. He was passionate about games and our industry. I will miss him terribly, we lost a genuine friend today.”

Game developer Mike Bithell : “@stewartgilray was a good bloke and mentor, and I was glad when we finally got the chance to work together on Volume: Coda.”

Stewart Gilray is survived his wife Bec, their son and daughter.


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