The New President of Square Enix is a Hardcore Gamer: Here are The Genres That Get Him Going

on December 18, 2013 4:59 PM

Following the resignation of former President Yoichi Wada back in march Yosuke Matsuda took the reins of Square Enix after several years as Chief Financial Officer. Matsuda-san leads one of the biggest gaming publishers in Japan, but is he a gamer himself?

Apparently he is, and quite the hardcore one, as he told Famitsu in an interview today when asked if he plays games:

Yes, I play them as a hobby (laughs)

He then elaborated further, giving us a glimpse on his gaming habits:

I’m good at FPS games. Personally I like western games and usually I’m more familiar with online games. However there are many games that I’m said to be a “maniac” of. I think i’d have trouble asking why I like those kind of games, but they just suit me.

After that, I’ll play a wide variety of genres like action and RPG. Of course I also have to play the games we make (laughs). Now I’m playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

He finally boasted a bit about his past gaming marathons:

When I play, I play seriously. Until 2-3 years ago I could clear a game in a single night.

Unfortunately now my body doesn’t last that much anymore (laughs).

It’s always nice to see a gamer at the head of a publisher like Square Enix, even if his gaming taste isn’t what many would expect from the head honcho of Square Enix, or from a Japanese gamer in general.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.