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Obituary: Longtime business development exec Cherie Lutz has passed away

Cherie Lutz, a longtime business development executive at Microsoft, Unity, and Wizards of the Coast, has passed away.

Bryant Francis

October 11, 2021

1 Min Read
A photograph of Cherie Lutz. She is hugging her golden retriever while sitting on her front porch.

Cherie Lutz, a longtime business development executive at Microsoft, Unity, and Wizards of the Coast, has passed away.

Word of Lutz's passing has been making the rounds on social media, with several of her former colleagues at Microsoft and beyond singing her praises. Team17 CEO Debbie Bestwick described her as "the driving force" behind helping developers go digital on Xbox 360. 

Bestwick also said that Team17 benefitted greatly from Lutz's work, and praised her as "an inspirational lady."

In 2011, the developers at Twisted Pixel praised Lutz for rolling with their impromptu pitch for Kinect title The Gunstringer. Lutz's former colleagues also credited her as being an integral part of the indie games boom of the early 2010's. 

One of them described her as "a kind, fun, steady force," and "easy to get along and hang out with."

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Bryant Francis

Senior Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Bryant Francis is a writer, journalist, and narrative designer based in Boston, MA. He currently writes for Game Developer, a leading B2B publication for the video game industry. His credits include Proxy Studios' upcoming 4X strategy game Zephon and Amplitude Studio's 2017 game Endless Space 2.

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