Satoshi Tajiri is a video game designer originally from Japan. Most people know him as the person who created ‘Pokemon’. He is also the founder of ‘Game Freak’ which is a video game developer. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography and the net worth of Satoshi Tajiri in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Satoshi Tajiri was born in Tokyo, Japan on the 28th of August 1965. He was born to a car salesman father, and his mother was a housewife, and he was brought up in Machida, an area that at the time had a rural atmosphere.
He did not attend any college after high school but instead joined a technical school in Tokyo where he studied for two years in electronics.
He had a very strange hobby of collecting insects when he was little, and he was nicknamed by other children as ‘Dr. Bug’. He wanted to be an entomologist when he grew up.
As the years passed by, more urban areas in Japan were developed and eventually there was nowhere to collect bugs from. This inspired Satoshi a lot of creating Pokemon as he wanted the other children to get the feeling of collecting and capturing insects as he had.
There are no details available about the personal life of Satoshi except that he has one child.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
Satoshi started writing and editing ‘Game Freak’ which he handwrote and stapled together between 1981 and 1986 where he mainly focused on arcade game scenes. It got many contributors, and they later published many games.
He got the idea of Pokemon in 1990 after seeing the Game Boy, and he envisioned crawling back and forth of bugs and remembering his childhood hobby of collecting bugs. He shared his idea with Nintendo, and although they could not get it, they decided to give it a shot.
The production of the game almost bankrupted ‘Game Freak’ and employees were not getting their salaries which led to some quitting. They made a deal with Creatures. Inc for a third of franchise right for their investment.
The game was not well received by many media outlets at first but this changed with time. It later became among the top franchises for Nintendo. Heat the same time was working on many other games like ‘Yoshi’, ‘Mario & Wario’, ‘Pulseman’ among others.
Apart from being listed among the 100 top game developers of all time, Satoshi was awarded in 2011 for being one of the best game developers in the world.
Net Worth & Earnings
The video game developer has amassed a net worth of $6 billion over the years. All of his money has come from his game designing and development. The Pokemon game is the one that gave him the most income of all, and it increased his worth a lot.
Satoshi Tajiri had a rare hobby as a child, and that is what pushed him to develop one of the most successful video games of all times. His desire for other children to experience what he did as a child resulted in a big success and into big riches.