MANILA, Philippines – Sony announced Tuesday, January 26, that it was merging two of its businesses related to the PlayStation – Sony Computer Entertainment Incorporated (SCEI) and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) – into a single unit called Sony Interactive Entertainment, LLC (SIE).
The new company, according to an official statement by Sony, "joins the forces of all business units belonging to SCEI and SNEI, including hardware, software, content and network services operations."
The merging will take effect on April 1, with SIE holding its headquarters in San Mateo, California, while having key global business operations in Tokyo and London.
“By integrating the strengths of PlayStation’s hardware, software, content, and network operations, SIE will become an even stronger entity, with a clear objective to further accelerate the growth of the PlayStation business,” said Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Incorporated and group executive in charge of Network Entertainment of Sony Corporation.
There is also a notable leadership change in this transition. Shawn Layden of Sony Computer Entertainment America will become head of worldwide studios. The former head of worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida, confirmed on Twitter that he will report to Layden moving forward. Layden will be chairman of the studios, while Yoshida will be president.
@JeffGrubb I'll report to Shawn. — Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) January 26, 2016
Below is the expected overview of global functions moving forward:
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