Monday, March 10, 2014

The Age of Sony Ol' Drawing To A Close

In an unsuspecting twist of, well maybe not fate but it's certainly something, gamers around the world knew on Friday that Jack Tretton, the CEO of SCEA, will be stepping down at the end of the month. According to the company, it was a mutual decision between Tretton and Sony to not renew his contract. However, it's a bold move to be certain. Tretton has been the driving force for the popularity of the PlayStation and PS2 in the U.S, and has helped with the launch of every Sony gaming system to date. He even went so far as to apologize for everyone in the company over the 2011 PSN hacking and taking the blame.

Given the current market with PS4 sales slamming the XBoxOne, and PS4 game sales running over Microsoft's, it's an odd time to have a CEO change when Sony is doing so well. But it may also be a case of leaving while you're still on top: feeling that this is the best that you can do and stepping away because you have achieved your greatness. Current COO Shawn Layden will take over Tretton's responsibilities at the end of the month. His credentials include President of SCEJ and a founding member of SNEI with 15 years of working with Sony.

Whatever the reason for leaving, Jack isn't saying a word and given Sony's current growth, it probably really is a mutual agreement.

Jack, while we thought you were a stick in the mud with your suits and ties, and always looking way too well presented for the gaming crowd, you did bring a lot of great changes to the industry. For that, we thank you and wish you well.


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