What you need to know
- Shawn Layden was the Chairman for Sony Worldwide Studios
- As Chairman, he helped manage and focus on the content and games that Worldwide Studios produced
- Today, the official PlayStation Twitter account announced that Shawn Layden was leaving Sony Interactive Entertainment.
The official PlayStation Twitter account has announced that Shawn Layden is leaving Sony Interactive Entertainment and will no longer be Chairman of Sony Worldwide Studios. No successor has been named at this time. Shawn Layden has not yet provided comment on leaving.
It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden will be departing SIE. His visionary leadership will be greatly missed. We wish him success in future endeavors and are deeply grateful for his years of service. Thanks for everything, Shawn!— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 30, 2019
Shawn Layden had a long history at PlayStation, succeeding Jack Tretton as President and CEO of SCEA in 2014. In 2018, Layden began focusing solely on PlayStation's different Worldwide Studios, such as Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica and now more recently, Insomniac Games.
Layden helped host PlayStation E3 conferences from 2014 to 2018. Earlier in 2019, Layden talked extensively about how and why Sony wasn't attending E3 2019. The timing of Layden leaving PlayStation is interesting, as news on the next-generation PlayStation was provided earlier this year from Sony and the PlayStation 5 is expected to release in 2020.
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