PS5: the former PlayStation boss ends up with a big competitor

Two years after his departure, the former boss of PlayStation, Shawn Layden has finally found a new home with a big competitor, which should be emulated internationally soon.

Tencent intends to take the lead in the video game industry. The Chinese giant continues to buy studios and nibble shares in big names, like FromSoftware and even Ubisoft where it now holds 49.9% of the capital. To advise him strategically in this company, Tencent Games can now count on the support of the former boss of PlayStation: Shawn Layden.

Former PlayStation boss leaves for Tencent

The video game transfer window continues. In September 2019, the former boss of PlayStation studios abruptly left the company to make way for Jim Ryan. A decision he had made to protect himself from burnout and to ” allow another generation to bring the PS5 back to market “. Today, the man who helped bring out some of the PS4’s best games joins the ranks of Tencent as a strategic advisor. Its role will then be to assist and support the Chinese giant “ in its activities and commitments within the video game industry explains Shawn Layden in his LinkedIn post.

For a few years now, Tencent has been trying to strengthen its position internationally in the video game market. The former PlayStation boss seems like a new pick in this business. ” We are at a watershed moment for the video game and entertainment industry. There are many possible paths, but only a few that are deep, diverse, inclusive, uplifting, inspiring, and/or sustainable. I am delighted to continue this journey of discovery and I thank Tencent for this opportunity “Concluded the man for a long time at the head of PlayStation.

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