PlayStation’s Former Boss Joins Tencent

Shawn Layden, the former head of PlayStation, recently announced on LinkedIn that he had joined Tencent as a strategic advisor. In this position, he will help Tencent navigate the ever-growing gaming space.

“In this new role, I hope to advise, assist, and support the team at Tencent as they deepen their activities and commitments within the industry to which I’ve devoted the majority of my career,” Layden said. “We are at an epoch-defining moment in gaming and interactive entertainment. There are many possible roads ahead but only a few are profound, broadening, inclusive, edifying, inspiring, and/or sustainable. I am thrilled to continue this journey of discovery and thank Tencent for the opportunity.”

Born in 1961, Layden first joined PlayStation in 1996, eventually working his way up the corporate ladder to become the President of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, a role he held from April 2014 to March 2018. After that, he served as the chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios before leaving Sony in October 2019.

This is not Layden’s first time in an advisory role. He has also been a strategic advisor for Streamline Media Group Inc since July 2021.

(All information was provided by GameSpot, IGN, LinkedIn, and Wikipedia)

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