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Obituary: Veteran game designer Matthew Crump
Obituary: Veteran game designer Matthew Crump
March 3, 2014 | By Mike Rose

March 3, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Matthew Crump, a veteran video game designer who had a hand in titles like Ultima IX: Ascension and the Spyro series, and helped run the SXSW Gaming Expo, has passed away.

An Austin, Texas-based game developer for nearly two decades, Crump had designer credits on games from Electronic Arts, Acclaim Entertainment, Activision, Sierra Entertainment, THQ and more.

Other games he had a hand in include Turok: Evolution and Spider-Man 2: The Game. Most recently he was a senior producer at UTV Ignition Entertainment, and a producer at Armature Studio, working on the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for PS Vita.

He was also known for helping to coordinate the video game panels at the SXSW festival since 2012. His death was confirmed this week on Facebook, and later by SXSW.

"During his 18 months of service, [the SXSW Gaming] growth has only increased in velocity," said SXSW's Hugh Forrest. "Matthew was the lead organizer of the first-ever SXSW Gaming Awards, which is scheduled for Saturday evening, March 8. Yes, that show will go on as planned and will function as a celebration of his life."


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Shay Pierce
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I worked with Matthew Crump in 2010 - never closely, though we were on the same team for a few weeks. After that I continued to see him at indie game events in his capacity as organizer of the SXSW Gaming Expo. Matthew was an insightful designer; he was funny, charming, and always friendly, even when the chips were down. He was taken from us too soon, and the Austin game development community is much the poorer for this loss.

RIP Matthew.

Estevan Aviles
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Having only worked with Matthew Crump over these past few months, it was clear how much he simply cared. He cared about his work, his friends, his family, and even complete strangers. He was everyone's friend and wouldn't hesitate to give more than he could when anyone was in need, a quality often said but hardly seen. We are at a truly great loss with his passing.

RIP Matt, you were a wonderful friend.

Mark Morrison
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wow, so sad :( Matt was always really polite and professional. he also was someone who gave a lot. he often was looking to support and organize for his fellow peers and new folks looking to get into our industry. he and his positive attitude will be greatly missed!

Wayne Adams
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I worked with Matt at UTV and kept in touch after it's closure.. I was joking with him over phone texts not two weeks ago. I am very sad and my heart goes out to his family. He was a great guy to work with and a great person to be friends with. Rest In Peace Matt.


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