Former PlayStation boss Shawn Layden has announced his next move. He recently joined Chinese technology company Tencent, the largest gaming company in the world, to become a strategic advisor. He did that on LinkedIn (via VGC).
“In this new role, I hope to advise, assist and support the Tencent team as they deepen their activities and commitments within the industry to which I have devoted the majority of my career,” Layden said. “We are at a breakthrough moment in gaming and interactive entertainment. There are many possible avenues, but only a few are profound, expansive, inclusive, edifying, inspiring and/or sustainable. I am excited to continue this journey of discovery and thank Tencent for the chance.”
Layden joined PlayStation in 1996 and worked his way up to chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios before leaving the company in 2019. In addition to Tencent, Layden is a strategic consultant for Streamline Media Group, helping to “transport brands to the metaverse.”
Tencent is the largest gaming company in the world today, ahead of PlayStation and Xbox, according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.
Tencent owns League of Legends studio Riot and Path of Exile developer Grinding Gear, and has investments in Epic, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft and many more. The company is also creating its own western studios and has recently set up a new outfit led by people who have worked on Star Wars, Halo and Battlefield.
As for PlayStation, a recent report said a hardware overhaul is coming with a detachable drive.
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