Former PlayStation boss Shawn Layden has announced his next move. He recently joined the Chinese technology company Tencent, which is the world’s largest game company, to become a strategic advisor. He made the announcement on LinkedIn (via VGC).
“In this new role, I look forward to advising, assisting and supporting the Tencent team as they deepen their activities and engagements within the industry in which I have spent most of my career,” said Layden. “We are in an era-defining moment in gaming and interactive entertainment. There are many possible paths ahead, but only a few are deep, broad, inclusive, uplifting, inspiring and/or sustainable. I am thrilled to continue this journey of discovery and thanks to Tencent for the opportunity.”
Layden started at PlayStation in 1996 and worked his way up to become president of SIE Worldwide Studios before leaving the company in 2019. In addition to Tencent, Layden is a strategic consultant for Streamline Media Group, which helps “transport brands into the metaverse.”
Tencent is the largest gaming company on the planet today, ahead of PlayStation and Xbox, according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.
Tencent owns League of Legends Riot studio and Path of Exile developer Grinding Gear, and has investments in Epic, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, and many more. The company is also building its own Western studios, recently creating a new team headed by people who worked on Star Wars, Halo and Battlefield.
As for the PlayStation, a recent report said that a hardware revision is coming with a removable drive.
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