Henk Rogers

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Henk Rogers
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Occupation(s)Video game designer, entrepreneur

Henk Rogers is a Dutch video game designer and entrepreneur of partial Indo descent.[1][2] 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 Bullet-Proof Software (now called Blue Planet Software) and The Tetris Company, which licenses the Tetris trademark. He was instrumental in resolving licensing disputes that brought Tetris to the Game Boy. Today, he is managing director of The Tetris Company.[3]


Rogers is a class of 1972 alum of Stuyvesant High School.[4]

Beyond Tetris and other video game endeavors, Rogers has founded or cofounded several community and sustainability-oriented organizations and companies.

The first of these was Blue Planet Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity focused on activities of advocacy, which Rogers founded in 2007 to build awareness and fostering action for clean energy in Hawaii.[5] In 2015, the foundation led the campaign to make Hawaii the first state in the United States of America with a 100% renewable energy law.[6][7][8]

Following this, Rogers joined his daughter Maya Rogers and local angel investor Chenoa Farnsworth to launch Blue Startups, a Honolulu-based startup accelerator to mentor, invest in, and encourage the founding of young technology companies, focusing on those who serve the cross-Pacific region and/or several targeted interest areas.[9]

In 2015, Rogers then founded Blue Planet Energy, one of the leading providers of energy storage systems (i.e., batteries) that power homes, businesses and critical infrastructure. Blue Planet Energy's lithium-ion batteries use a lithium ferrous phosphate (LFP) chemistry instead of nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) chemistry. Rogers believes LFP to be more environmentally friendly due to the fact that the batteries are noncombustible and do not require rare earth elements.[10]

Rogers is also chairman of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) and founder of the International MoonBase Alliance, which developed the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), a 1,200 square-foot Mars and moon analog habitat on Mauna Loa.[11][12] PISCES' core mission is to develop and grow an aerospace industry in Hawaii through applied research, workforce development and economic development initiatives.[13]

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Rogers is portrayed by Welsh actor Taron Egerton in the 2023 film Tetris.[14] Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times criticized the casting of Egerton, a Welsh actor of English descent, as Rogers, who is of partial Indonesian descent, as whitewashing. Chang remarked in his review that the "suspension of disbelief" as Egerton "describes himself as being of partly Indonesian descent" was "tough to pull off in a story where cultural specificities are not exactly irrelevant."[15]


  1. ^ "The Story of Tetris: Henk Rogers". Sramana Mitra. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Henk B. Rogers' Page". TechHui. Retrieved 6 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Tetris Press". Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association | Henk Rogers '72". www.stuyalumni.org. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  5. ^ "About". Blue Planet Foundation. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  6. ^ "100% Renewable Energy". Blue Planet Foundation. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ Lincoln, Mileka (8 June 2015). "Gov. Ige signs bill setting 100 percent renewable energy goal for state". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  8. ^ "HISTORIC: Hawaii enacts nation's first 100% renewable energy requirement" (Press release). Honolulu, Hawaii: Blue Planet Foundation. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  9. ^ "About Blue Startups". Blue Startups. Retrieved 17 February 2023.
  10. ^ Munsell, Mike (17 February 2023). "Meet Henk Rogers, video game icon turned climate champion". Canary Media. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  11. ^ "HI-SEAS". HI-SEAS. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Henk Rogers". International MoonBase Alliance. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  13. ^ "About". PISCES Hawaii. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Apple Original Films unveils trailer for 'Tetris,' new thriller starring Taron Egerton" (Press release). AppleTV. 16 February 2023. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  15. ^ Chang, Justin (29 March 2023). "Review: 'Tetris' will just really make you want to play Tetris". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 1 April 2023. Retrieved 1 April 2023.

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