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|Born||24 December 1953
|Occupation||Video game designer and entrepreneur|
Henk Rogers (born 1953) is a video game designer and entrepreneur. He is known for producing Japan's first major turn-based role-playing video game The Black Onyx, securing the rights to distribute Tetris on video game consoles where the game found popularity, and as the founder of The Tetris Company which licenses the Tetris trademark.
Life and career
Henk B. Rogers is a Dutch-born entrepreneur and clean energy proponent, who has spent the past decade of his career to the research, development, advocacy and implementation of renewable energy sources in his home of Hawaii.
Rogers studied computer science at the University of Hawaii and spent his early career in Japan as a video game developer and publisher, gaining distinction for producing the country’s first major role-playing game, The Black Onyx. Rogers went on to secure the rights for the popular video game Tetris, which 30 years later remains a bestseller and global icon of gaming culture.
Today, Rogers serves as chairman of Blue Planet Software, the sole agent for the Tetris franchise; founder of Blue Planet Foundation; founder of Blue Startups, a venture accelerator for local technology entrepreneurs; and founder of Blue Planet Research, which is working on off-grid solutions and exploring the hydrogen economy.
In 2015, Rogers founded Blue Planet Energy Systems to advance his personal mission of ending the use of carbon-based fuel worldwide. He led the development of Blue Ion, a prepackaged energy storage solution combining Sony’s battery technology with proprietary system architecture and energy management software.
Available on the market since August 2015, Blue Ion offers a fully automated renewable energy solution to aid the adoption of off-grid photovoltaic systems and reduce Hawaii’s reliance on carbon-based fuels. Using Blue Ion technology, Rogers declared both his residences in Honolulu and Kailua-Kona completely energy independent.