Michael Latham

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Michael B. Latham
Date of birth: 19xx-xx-xx
Date of death: 2021-04-10 (age 21-121)
Employment history:
Role(s): Director, Producer, Designer

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Michael B. Latham was an American businessman and former Sega of America Producer and Designer, best known as the creator of the Eternal Champions series of fighting games. An industry veteran with years of production experience, Latham joined Sega of America and served as Producer to over two dozen games, and also designed many of them personally. Latham would later lead both Sega of America's product development division, SegaSoft, as well as the children's game-oriented Family Group.



Latham entered the video game industry upon being hired by Rainbird Software, a sister company of Firebird Software, to localize computer games for the American market.

In 1988, he moved to Mediagenic where he served as a Producer on titles such as Ghostbusters II and Tongue of the Fatman before the company went bankrupt in early 1991.

Sega of America

In April 1991, Latham joined Sega of America as a Producer, where he designed games like Home Alone, Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!, and Eternal Champions.

Sometime around April 1994, Sega of America restructured its internal development groups, resulting in Latham and his teams being merged into Omega Group. Upon hearing news of this restructuring, it's Director Scott Berfield abruptly quit the company altogether, with Latham serving as the group's new Director.

Michael Latham also served as Director of Family Group.



Latham passed away on April 10, 2021.[1]

Production history


External links


  1. @MikeJMika on Twitter (archive.today)
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