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Video Game Industry Morns Loss of Mark “Chip” VanDeVelde

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We here at Blogcritics would like to send your condolences to the family of Mark “Chip” VanDeVelde, who passed away on Saturday February 18th 2006. Chip, as he was know to the industry, was part of the SVG Distribution / Crave Entertainment family since 1998 and was the national sales manager for Konami before joining the company.

Those in the industry that knew Mr. VanDeVelde will have an opportunity to say goodbye this week. Visitation will be held at the McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home (Milledgeville 520 Holcomb Milledgeville, IL 61051 815-225-7154) on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and the Funeral service will be held on Friday, February 24th – 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

In memory of Chip, SVG Distribution/Crave Entertainment has launched a scholarship fund for his daughter, Callahan who is 11 years old. The VanDeVelde family gratefully requests that donations be made to the scholarship fund in lieu of sending flowers.

If by check make check payable to:

Crave Entertainment Group, Inc. FBO Callahan N. VanDeVelde

Please mail check to:

Crave Entertainment Group, Inc.
Attn: Lynda Broderick
4 San Joaquin Plaza Drive, Suite 200

Newport Beach California 92660

If by wire please send to:

Crave Entertainment Group, Inc.
For the benefit of (FBO): Callahan N. VanDeVelde

ABA # 121100782
Account number: 751-000373
Bank of the West
300 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071.

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About Mike Street


    And he is? I know Konami amkes some seriously good games. But I never heard of the guy. What made him important to the industry? Killer App?

  • Ken Edwards

    He was the VP of Crave Entertainment. They recently published “Ultimate Block Party” on the PSP and are the developers of “The Bible Game.” I am looking forward to “Puzzle Challenge” for the PSP, coming later this year.

    Nothing huge like Metal Gear Solid or DDR, but Crave has made a name for itself.