In what I can only see as a bad sign for PlayStation it has been announced that Jack Tretton will be stepping down as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America at the end of the month.
Jack has been part of the PlayStation brand for 19 years and has played a role in launching every single PlayStation product to date.
Just think about that, the man has the experience of launching massive world-changing products such as the PlayStation 1, 2 and 4. He’s also presided over the PSP doing so well and helped save the PlayStation 3 after its less-than-stellar launch.
In fact over those 19 years he’s only really been part of on failure, the debacle that was the PSP Go.
According to the press release Jack is leaving by mutual agreement and for once I can actually believe that. After the difficulty of the last few years and having to bring back the PlayStation 3 from its death rattles, the fact that the PS4 has launched so spectacularly is a perfect send-off to a glittering career.
“Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” said Tretton. “Although I will deeply miss the talented team at SCEA and the passion demonstrated every day by our fans, I’m very excited about starting the next chapter of my career. I want to thank the employees, partners and customers for their tireless commitment to the PlayStation brand and, of course, to our fans who have pushed us to new heights of innovation and entertainment over the past two decades. I leave PlayStation in a position of considerable strength and the future will only get brighter for PlayStation Nation.”
Jack’s position is being taken over by 15 year PlayStation veteran Shawn Layden so don’t expect many changes in the near future as this is expected to be a seamless change-over.
So PlayStation fans: does this worry you? I know I’ll miss his soothing voice at Sony’s E3 conferences.
Last Updated: March 7, 2014