According to the Developer edition, on December 1, the creator of DirectX, Eric Engstrom, passed away from complications after the injury. At the age of 55, Engstrom devoted all of his career to a set of tools and technologies for the gaming industry.
Eric created DirectX Game APIs in 1994 with Alex St. John and Craig Eisler to simplify Windows game development and make it one of the leading platforms it remains to this day.
APIs were first created for Windows 95. Game developers at the time reported that they preferred the MS-DOS operating system and found Windows 3.1 too complex to develop games. After that, Eric Engstrom came up with the idea to start creating DirectX.
In fact, not many people have contributed to the gaming industry the way Engstrom did. DirectX continues to evolve and remains a key gaming technology today.