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Submitted by Valay 148d ago | news

Jack Tretton Stepping Down as SCEA President and CEO

Jack Tretton has stepped down as Sony Computer Entertainment America’s president and CEO, the company announced today. Tretton’s departure will be effective as of March 31. (Industry, Sony Computer Entertainment)

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dboyc310  +   148d ago | Well said
Noooo why? Such a good guy. His presence is very likable. Let's hope this Shawn guy has a similar charisma.
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Crystallis  +   148d ago | Well said
WOW. Shocking news. Gonna miss this guy.
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Tony-A  +   148d ago
Yeah, for sure :/

This Layden guy is a 15 year vet in the company, which sounds like a lot until I realize that's only 1999. haha

Still, he's been in there for a while - before the success of the PS2 so hopefully he's as humble as Tretton was.

Damn it! My fellow Bostonian is no longer at the top! Time for me to step in hehehe
Abash  +   148d ago
He stuck with the PlayStation brand and helped turned it around even when developers couldnt get a grasp of the PS3 architecture and it was too expensive for most consumers.

And now the PlayStation brand is back to it's prime with the PS4, and he wont be around to see all the awesome things that will happen. Too bad, he deserved to enjoy the success the PS4 will bring Sony
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Gaming101  +   148d ago
Yes, going to miss him, but if you've seen the amount of work that is heaped onto you day after day, week after week, year after year, being at the very top, you can only do it for so long before you have enough money that you realize the 60-80 hour work weeks aren't worth it anymore.

At some point you want to do what you really want and enjoy your life, where you don't need to do a lot of things that stress you out just for the extra money.
nicksetzer1  +   148d ago
Damn, sucks to see these losses.
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gaffyh  +   148d ago
I'm actually surprised, he must have been offered a lot more money elsewhere.
Conzul  +   148d ago
We all know he did it so he'd have more time to play on his shiney new PS4.

But srsly....major respect for the guy. Hope his life (retirement or further awesomeness) is gonna be fulfilling.
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PoSTedUP  +   148d ago
i appreciate all you have done Jack! E3 won't ever be the same again! :(. this sucks, but i guess there is a reason. im so confused right now....
scott182  +   148d ago
No! Stay here, stay as long as you can. For the love of god cherish it.
LeCreuset  +   148d ago
@loulou
What are you talking about? What better time to leave than when you've firmly positioned your system on top? He turned around the PS3, then made the PS4 the most successful launch in history.
Why o why  +   148d ago
Thanks and Good Luck Capt'n Jack

Please ignore the village idiot people.
SniperControl  +   148d ago
@loulou

Oh yes, just like balmer left when he was on top.
guitarded77  +   148d ago
I'm seriously heartbroken over this. Jack has been the most open CEO in the industry. He's a straight shooter, and doesn't do the PR spin BS. He really understands gamers wants and needs. I can only hope Shawn Layden is half as great.
Brutallyhonest  +   148d ago
loulou

Did you or anyone think this could be health related and they are simply respecting his privacy? Or that someone in his family is having health issues or maybe it's just that his job is so damn demanding that he needs a break? Or maybe he was just offered a job that is less demanding or even more money.

Don't mention in the same breath with Mattrick and Balmer. That's an insult.

On topic:
He will be sorely missed. He was such a genuine guy. I loved watching him talk at shows and during interviews. He is like the everyday man. Class act personified.
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DragonKnight  +   148d ago
I hope his replacement is as fierce a presence at Sony conferences as Jack himself was. Jack really was the central figure of many Playstation conferences and really excelled at being the face of Playstation. I wish him luck in whatever he chooses to do next.
loulou  +   148d ago
lol it is so easy to rile people up on here. i get the feeling that a fatter monthly pay-cheque is behind jacky boys departure..

@ why oh why i am disappointed that you would imply that i should be emptying your bins on a wednesday morning... lol
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LOL_WUT  +   148d ago
This comes as a surprise the man was at the top of his game with the PlayStation brand. Good luck to him he will be missed ;)
king_george  +   148d ago
I thought he was doing one hell of a job too! Plus the fans love him! Sad day for me. I was one of his fans
darthv72  +   148d ago
So at this years E3, if he comes walking out on the stage at the MS event and starts to talk about the power of the Xbox platform are people going to believe he is being genuine or that he is just doing his job???

This is hypothetical so dont go all crazy like its true. Lets just have fun with the idea and see where it goes.
blackbeld  +   148d ago
Is this for real? No....way.... sad:(

This is really shocking news and I am not happy about it. Anyway he deserves my best wishes and many may thanks for al the good things he brings to Sony.

@darth72 Dude you are really not funny.
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NewMonday  +   148d ago
this is sad news

I think this is actually a result of the PS4's success, Jack is a nice guy, but this is how business works

the PS4 project is driven mainly by 3 people, House, YOSP and Cerny

when House was PS Europe boss he was a rival of Jack for Hari's Job, after he became PS big boss a member of his circle became PS Europe boss, leaving Jack as the outsider.

but Tretton is responsible for the single biggest game market in the world, now that House is riding the wave of PS4 success it was inevitable that some kinde of change in the America branch would happen.

now with Shawn Layden the whole of PlayStation is under the full control of House.
darthv72  +   148d ago
Jeez people, i said it was just for fun. lighten up....

on a more serious note. I would hope he joins another gaming company. Perhaps Sega is in the hiring mood as they could sure use his style to turn things around.
n4rc  +   148d ago
Lol.. As much fun as some crazy theory about Sony's demise may be.. Guys in his position are mostly about pride and accomplishment..

Having the ps4 doing so well gives him the opportunity to step away.. Maybe he wants to retire in some aspect, maybe he just wants a fresh challenge..
Joey_Leone  +   148d ago
He is a great man, he truly cared about the customers. He will be missed-Peace.
ThanatosDMC  +   148d ago
I cant wait how someone's gonna spin this for a "Teh PS4 is Teh Doomz"
badz149  +   148d ago
my god, WTH? E3 won't be the same without Jack. :-(
SilentNegotiator  +   148d ago
Wow, didn't see that coming.
Kidmyst  +   147d ago
He maybe got a really nice year end bonus, sees the linup coming for PS4 and said "Yup I'm stepping down to have time to play and enjoy what I built". Hopefully his successor is a gamer and loves games, not just some business person.
Treezy504  +   148d ago
First Amy from Naughty Dog and now Jack from SCEA!! Such a depressing week :(
MELMAN26  +   148d ago
Something is definitely not right about all of this. I wish all of these game companies the best, but it seems like something is up, in the Sony camp and its being kept very hush hush, or could this just be the result of the financial issues that Sony is suffering from?
Razmossis  +   148d ago
Not comparable in the slightest
darthv72  +   148d ago
it would be rather humorous if both found their way over to the Ms camp. Wasnt it reported recently that MS has been on the hunt for former talent from other companies???

Not saying it would happen, just humorous if it did.
DOMination-  +   148d ago
Don't forget the 50 from SCE SSM too
Crazyglues  +   148d ago
So long Jack, it was a hell of a ride good sir... you will be missed...

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Elzer  +   148d ago
Titanfall, Direct x12, titled resources, ray-tracing, cloud computation, stacked gpu accessible with upcoming updates! to much for JACK to handle! Shets getting real for the xbox one. Xbox one was suppose to be released in 2014. Now we are here and this is what will come of it!!! "FACT"
Mikelarry  +   148d ago
exactly i cant picture e3 2014 without jack
Crystallis  +   148d ago
Just realized he wont be at e3, dang why couldn't he resign after e3. I don't think e3 will be the same without Jack.
Conzul  +   148d ago
Ugh this is so sad

:(
jgrigs09  +   148d ago
@Crystallis. The contract was up for a renewal.
TFJWM  +   148d ago
He might be at E3...Microsoft's "Biggest Surprise Ever" is them hiring Jack Tretton
ZeroX9876  +   148d ago
Out of all the gaming convention that I watched, Jack is the best presenter I ever listened too. He's good at keeping the pace in its speeches and giving this hunger of wanting to know more!

Let's hope he's making a guest appearance at E3 for Sony.
NarooN  +   148d ago
I know, man... He was the perfect guy to headline their E3 presentations over the years. I always loved watching (and reading) his interviews ever since ~2006. He just came across as a very humble, down-to-earth man who was very passionate about the industry, and gamers.

Wherever he goes and whatever he decides to do, I wish him the best. He's been with SCEA since it was established in 1995, and he never stopped being excellent. Have fun Jack, you deserve it!
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Lior  +   148d ago
he's leaving a sinking ship, theres a 78% chance sony can go bankrupt in the next 4 years, the only market they are making money is playstation
Nykamari  +   148d ago
In my Tommy voice "Cole you stupid!"
Dude they are making a killing in movies and music too, oh they have other electronics too. You guys just look at the wrong things.
MazzingerZ  +   148d ago
No word what he will be doing next...MSFT? is that the bomb? I would have hard to believe he is passionate about MSFT with all that PS background. MSFT recruited not long ago Jeff R....is Jack the next one?
FamilyGuy  +   148d ago
What you're suggesting is literally against the law in hat time frame. lol

There has to be a significant amount of time before a figure head can legally sign with a rival company. Too much classified information.

I don't see this happening period let alone it being that huge, "most surprising announcement ever" MS was talking about. For me MS biggest announcement ever was FF13 going multiplatform all those E3s ago. Their new one is likely to be game related too.
Blaze929  +   148d ago
Might be a sign of hard times over at Sony. Shame. Best of luck to him.

Very shocking indeed. Especially when PS4 is doing so well. I wonder what's up.

Xbox One might not be the one in trouble as people may think...
Why o why  +   148d ago
Keep dreaming blaze. You've become more bitter and desperate as the years have gone by.
Langkasuka  +   148d ago
He's leaving at end of March, pretty the end of the fiscal year. Company staff usually gets turned for new blood, new ideas. He did aim for 5 mil PS4 sold by March and that goal turned out almost modest.
Majin-vegeta  +   148d ago
Hey blaze i'll let you in on a little secret for when you join the work force.People come and go every day due to illness,family problems or just need a break.
DaGamingKing  +   148d ago
Blaze you are right, there are hard times ahead for Sony, thats right Sony, that doesn't just mean the Playstation 4 and their gaming brands. Its all the other things they sell, make and are invested in thats costing millions and millions.

Sony needs to seriously strip out the gaming brand from their portfolio and create a new company thats just all dedicated to Playstation etc and I am sure given its sales it will be very profitable.

We need to look at Sony Hollistically as to why these cuts are being made, divisions being sold off and more. I dont have the data handy (or the time to find it) but I would like to see their financial report that shows from their total worth, how much is Gaming Brand related in the overall portfolio for Sony.
dmitrijs88  +   148d ago
absolutely loved this guy, it was enjoyable to listen to his interviews.
Mr Pumblechook  +   148d ago
"Jack Tretton is stepping down as CEO of SCEA"

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOH
http://nooooooooooooooo.com...

Great guy. E3 2013. Epic!
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IG-88  +   148d ago
This one works better...

http://nooooooooooooooo.com...

and last year's E3 was epic and he will be missed.
Mr Pumblechook  +   148d ago
@IG-88. You're right!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOH
IG-88  +   148d ago
XD
AngelicIceDiamond  +   148d ago
Noo! Not Jack!

First the lead writer of Uncharted now Sony Computer Entertainment America’s president and CEO Jack Tretton are stepping I wish them both blessed careers in their future endeavors.
chrismichaels04  +   148d ago
He was a part of the PSone and PS2 as they became 2 of the greatest video game consoles in the history of gaming. After a rough beginning, he helped the PS3 turn its fortunes around and become the fastest selling HD console worldwide last generation. And he was on the frontlines of one of the most exciting console launches ever, ushering in the next generation with the PS4. Jack Tretton will be missed. I wish him the best of luck moving forward.
Heisenburger  +   148d ago
Tretton pulling a Seinfeld. He's leaving at the top. What better opportunity to step down as president? No one can question his abilities.
showtimefolks  +   148d ago
E3 will never be the same again, why are so many great people leaving sony lately?

the company is doing much better so doesn't make sense to leave now
TKCMuzzer  +   148d ago
Maybe he has just decided he wants a break, more time with the family, he has put himself in a position to do this. Maybe he would have left earlier but was committed to making sure the PlayStation brand would be in a good state when he left, something he has achieved.
showtimefolks  +   148d ago
TKCMuzzer

yeh i guess you are right. Playstation brand in the US has grown with jack pretty much in charge so it will be just weird not to see him there
just_looken  +   148d ago
The new guy is boring and had been in japan for 7 years as a assistant to Akio Morita. only been with sony 15years well 7 of those were a suckup to Akio Morita.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Thats him in 2012 jack is waay better they probably replaced jack to get this loyal lap dog.

http://www.sonyentertainmen...
Shawn Layden is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI), responsible for global marketing, network retail operations and digital entertainment services.

Mr. Layden was one of the founding members of SNEI joining the company directly from Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), where he most recently held the position of President, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. His 14 year career at Sony Computer Entertainment also included eight years at SCE’s London Studio where he managed international software development. Mr. Layden joined Sony Corporation’s corporate communications department in 1987 in Tokyo, Japan, and worked for several years as assistant to Sony founder and Chairman, Akio Morita.

Mr. Layden graduated from the University of Notre Dame.
chrisarsenalsavart  +   148d ago
Please tell me this is just a nightmare!
Please tell me that stuck up the arse is not Jack's replacement!
Just wake me up already!
andibandit  +   148d ago
Is he the one that stutters and has tourettes syndrome as well?
FamilyGuy  +   148d ago
Shawn Layden seems like a very boring man, not very charismatic at all. What an odd time to change leadership when things are going so well :/

Jacks been with Playstation so long this just feels weird.
lifeisgamesok  +   148d ago
Very bad news for Sony lately those are some big names leaving the company

And MS is prepping nuclear bombs for E3
DigitalRaptor  +   148d ago
ROFL. Simply put.

I'm sad to see Amy and Jack leave Sony, but what nuclear bombs are those that you're talking about? ones that Sony cannot simply counteract with announcements of their own? In fact, Sony will continue to be making announcements from now up until E3 across their devices and services, because they have simply so much in development from 1st to 2nd to 3rd party houses. And then at the trade show itself, they will make more announcements and show great demos like they always do.

I'll just mention GDC and we already know something relatively special is going down there for Sony.
assdan  +   148d ago
Awww, I loved Jack tretton. Hopefully the new guy will be good.
Cryptcuzz  +   148d ago
Yeah, I know next to nothing about Shawn, but Jack has a refreshing charisma about him compared to other exec's in the industry.

I wish Jack all the best in what ever he decides to do next (I'll miss you being with Playstaion Jack!) and hope Shawn would be able to lead SCEA as well as Jack did, if not better.

Reading the PR in the article, Shawn seems quite capable on getting the job done.

A 15-year PlayStation veteran, Layden was one of the founding members of SNEI in 2010, joining the company directly from Sony Computer Entertainment, where he most recently held the position of President, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. His career at Sony Computer Entertainment also included eight years at SCE Worldwide Studios in London where he directed international software development.

I like the part about him being President of SCEJ before and SCE Worldwide studios directing international software developments.

I wonder with him now going to be the head of SCEA, could we be seeing more Japanese games getting localized and developed?

That would be awesome.
Peppino7  +   148d ago
That's a heartbreaker. Hopefully its for bigger and better things or just to enjoy retirement and play games!!!!
bub16  +   148d ago
WILL HE STILL BE AT E3????? IT WONT B THE SAME WITHOUT JACK
darkride66  +   148d ago
Long time to be with one company. Sad to see him go. I liked Tretton. Why can't a guy like Greenberg move on? Or Pachter?

Wow. That just brought a smile to my face. "Longtime analyst Michael Pacther announced his retirement today..."

I can dream...can't I?
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Team_Litt  +   148d ago
Is this the exciting behind the scenes event that was teased? First time I'm not disappointed.

Never liked Jack. PS fans worship him, to the rest of us he's a douchebag that liked taking unnecessary jabs at the Wii/3ds.

Good riddance.
kenshiro100  +   148d ago
I'm shocked. I didn't expect this. Seemed like a really good guy.
husomc  +   148d ago
WTF is going on at SONY ?
HeroReborn  +   148d ago
Something is not looking good call it what you like, but who wants to leave there job with such success that he helped work for. Something is not adding up Sony as a company is not doing well, but to lose Jack thats a big loss
UnholyLight  +   148d ago
Honestly kinda sad, that now that I am officially a full time member of the Playstation community on the PS$, that Jack Tretton is leaving. After watching so many E3's constantly seeing if Sony had what it takes to win me over and watching him present.

That's sad news for any longtime Sony gamer. Someday I hope to be working in this industry and it's unfortunate I won't get out there in time to see this guy still at the helm :/
MorePowerOfGreen  +   148d ago
With Some devs and some media revealing that MSFT has offerings and features that could hurt the competition bad I wonder if some Sony guys know of something that would hurt PlayStation so badly it would finish the company off.
DoesUs  +   147d ago
No, just no. What utter vermin you are. For years you troll everything Sony and Playstation, with this account with your POG/Why Dis and many other accounts. You want Sony to go under aswell? Dear oh dear. Facts are, MS created a terrible machine, underpowered, overpriced and severely lacking consumer interest on a global scale. its had a price cut after just a couple of months in the UK, and there are literally thousands and thousands of them stacked up on shelves, and is getting outsold by a substantial margin.

Sony are not the ones worrying.
kenshiro100  +   147d ago
You can't help yourself, can you Green?

Sony's not going anywhere, no matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you 'pass' your words as fact, no matter how many times you praise Microsoft as your glorious master and savior, no matter how many times you complain about Sony fans when you TURN around and do the exact same thing you accuse them of.

If this is true, then Tretton will be missed. But he was at Sony for many years and the company wanted a change. Hopefully the new person doesn't screw up. These things happen in companies. Technology changes with people and people get either promoted or they're let go.

IT HAPPENS.

I'm sick of people like you and every other troll speculating and playing analyst as if you hold stock or something.

You guys aren't gamers. You just WAIT for bad Sony news just to start crap.
DarkLordMalik  +   148d ago
http://i.minus.com/iRsRqd8s...

Will always remember this from E3.
Crystallis  +   148d ago
I remember that as well. Just threw the mic behind him. I'll never forget that.
pwnsause_returns  +   148d ago
well at least he's leaving with a bang...
mrpsychoticstalker  +   148d ago
He might end up working for microsoft. Very talented guy. You will be missed.
pwnsause_returns  +   147d ago
True, Microsoft needs a guy like him on their team.
PygmelionHunter  +   147d ago
Keighley's face is priceless!

It's ironic, thought, how everyone was expecting Satoru Iwata to go down and then this happens...
staticdash22  +   148d ago
Like I said before, something is going on at SCEA. What a terrible few weeks they have had. The Sony Santa Monica layoffs, fallout with Jennifer Hennig from Naughty Dog, lack of advertising for PS Vita since it's launch. SCEE and SCEJ seemed to have their stuff together, but SCEA has been a mess for a while.

Jack Tretton is a great guy, but the problems coming from SCEA may have been brewing for a while. I'm hearing this was a mutual agreement with SCE to not renew his contract.

EDIT: Holy crap, why the disagrees? It's true, this branch has been off it's game for a while. I'm talking about the business portion, not putting out quality games, which they have.
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MasterCornholio  +   148d ago
Something is going on at Microsoft as well. First Don Mattrick leaves then Steve Ballmer is forced to retire. They replace Don with Julie and then she gets replaced by Elop.

The only company to remain more or less the same has been Nintendo.
Crazay  +   148d ago
Look where Nintendo is with the same Leadership. Perhaps it's time they look to clean house or shuffle the deck.
jimbobbeers  +   148d ago
What's Microsoft got to do with this?

Insecure much?
MasterCornholio  +   148d ago
@jim

Im actually worried about Microsoft since my father has plenty of shares in them. What concerns me the most is their gaming, mobile and PC division (due to the decline in PC sales).

Both Microsoft and Sony had a lot of changes over the past few years. Its just something that ive noticed. However Nintendo remained the same.
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Mystogan  +   148d ago
What? Steve Ballmer didn't retire..he's a Microsoft board member now.

nobody liked Don Mattrick him leaving was a good thing. Xbox has been doing great since he left. I just wish he left sooner.

Jack Tretton leaving is surprising because he did a fantastic job at creating hype for the PS4. And Sony fans loved him.
I wonder how this will affect their E3 performance.
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DanManDantheMan  +   148d ago
@Crazay

With $8.9 billion in bank and no debt?
christocolus  +   148d ago
@MasterCornholio

I dont know what his statement had to do with Ms or Nintendo.you could have replied him based on his comment instead of dragging Ms&Nintendo into this.

So you know,Don made alot of mistakes and put the xbx division in a weird place before announcing his resignation and move to zynga,his depature was much needed. After his removal/resignation(which was a relief imo) Julie larson was put in charge of running the device and services unit until they could find a proper replacement for Don.it was never a permanent position and she has since been moved back to head a role more suited to her area of expertice(os and ui development) .Elop on the other hand was CEO of Nokia before moving back to MS to head the xbox divison .Ballmer was CEO of MS just as Howard Stringer once was at Sony and he decided to step down but he still remains on the board at MS.No one knows what MS has planned now, its all rumors until MS makes an official statement and Elop aint CEO,he never got the spot so stop bringing Ms into this for all we know Elop could be the best thing to happen to the xbox division..no one knows.

If you read the article in question, you would see Tretton stepping down is as a result of both parties(Sony&Tretton)not going ahead to renew his contract and Hennig stepping down from ND according to ign was more of a forceful removal by Neil and co. Both Tretton and Hennig were very great assets to Sony unlike Don.so you cant really compare this scenario to the xbox restructuring your reffering to.kind of different situations.

@Mystogan

You totally get it.
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InTheLab  +   148d ago
@Mystogen

Being on the board and actually employed at MS are two different things.
Jazz4108  +   148d ago
Watch ms hire him since they allready took Phil from sony and several sony heads and alot of there layed off studio devs are in the process of interviewing with ms worldwide studios. I dont care where people work as it goes both ways as sony also hires micros talent. What I care about is people are able to keep a job wherever its at and make incredible games for all of us to enjoy. @Themba76 ...Apple would not even exist today if it was not for microsoft loaning them money and helping them turn there company around. Apple should really be kissing microsofts a$$.
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incredibleMULK  +   148d ago
xbox is buying out sony! and amazon! and their using the change to buy out nintendo!
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Themba76  +   148d ago
sorry but M$ isn't apple they don't have that much money.
cooperdnizzle  +   148d ago
Disagrees are coming because.... The article says who will replace him. So you didn't read the article, and second Amy was forced out of Naughty dog. Jennifer Hennig I never new naughty dog had a Jennifer and a Amy Hennig. And the branch being off its game is merely a matter of opinion.
staticdash22  +   148d ago
1. We don't know if Amy was literally forced from ND. I heard that it's not true.
2. Matter of opinion? Look at the sales for PS vita in america and tell me there isn't a problem there. Vita sales have climbed in Japan thanks to local software support and proper advertisement. SCEE has promoted Tearaway and Killzone mercenary which ended up doing alright.

SCEA has dropped the ball regarding Vita. Even bioshock vita was teased and to this day that game hasn't saw the light of day. PS4 has been doing good, but there's more that goes on in a business tan what appears on the outside.
SoapShoes  +   148d ago
Why the disagrees? Because it hasn't... SCEE has had more changes than SCEA in recent past with people cycling in and out.

Santa Monica was on a hiring spree recently so it's likely they just let the excess go but no one can be for sure. Amy Hennig wasn't a fallout, where are you getting that from? All she did was leave.

Jack leaving is sad but it's not a bad thing... People leave. I could see if he screwed stuff up but he stuck with it through the hardest of times and PlayStation is now better than ever. No way he was forced to leave or it would have happened during the PS3 era like Phil Harrison.
T2  +   148d ago
disagreed because none of the things you listed are even remotely linked. Hennig left ND, a huge development team, she is one person.
Sony SM layed off some people.
now the CEO is retiring. All completely normal events in a large organization.
In other news, some other people joined the team and got hired, and business goes on.
This guy did a bang up job and now he's off to who knows? maybe retirement, maybe he's been planning it for years!
tigertron  +   148d ago
NOOOOOOO!!! :(
skydragoonity  +   148d ago
What's going on at sony? So many good people leaving recently
cell989  +   148d ago
I know this is kind of concerning, because the people that help make PS what it is today is leaving, that can never be a good thing
SoapShoes  +   148d ago
Lots of people who made PS what it is today have left. Phil Harrison, Ken Kutaragi, etc... I mean people leave, it's not concerning. I wish him luck wherever he goes and respect him sticking through it in the rough times.
Th4Freak  +   148d ago
This guy had to leave IMHO, he killed the PSV in NA.
TotallyNotGlenn  +   148d ago
Jack was the only person to leave from Sony. Naughty Dog is not part of Sony, but its own company that is affiliated with Sony.
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jackanderson1985  +   148d ago
it's a subsidiary of sony... as in sony owns it so the staff are sony staff.... bought em around 2001-ish
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cell989  +   148d ago
What the hell!! noooooo!!! Jack was awesome why?!!
TrueJerseyDevil   148d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(7)
curtis92  +   148d ago
I feel sick
-EvoAnubis-  +   148d ago
Jack Tretton will be missed; he was awesome in the role. All the best to him, and I hope that Layden realizes that he has some big boots to fill!
from the beach  +   148d ago
So sudden, I wonder what the story is? There's always a story..
TheBrit  +   148d ago
So Sudden?

Just because everyone heard about it today??

This has probably been going on for months and months and now that they have all the paperwork finalized etc they are announcing it.
SoapShoes  +   148d ago
Ah logical thinking. +Bubble
from the beach  +   148d ago
Maybe, maybe not. All I meant is these things are often preceded by weeks of rumour or speculation, and when they aren't we raise our eyebrows.
awesomeperson  +   148d ago
The story problem goes along the lines of Tretton working for Sony for a long time (20 or so years, I believe?). He just came off one of Playstation's most successful years, with the launch of the PS4.

He's leaving on a high (especially after E3 2013), there's no better time to go.
RPG_Lover  +   148d ago
Sony is going through major issues. I hope that when all the dust settles Sony is just as awesome.
T2  +   148d ago
the guy could have been planning this for a year or more... don't know what the hell you are on about.
WeAreLegion  +   148d ago
This is the guy replacing him.

I'm concerned...

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

Edit: Yeah, I know. It's weird. :/ I'll miss Jack.
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Kayant  +   148d ago
He doesn't seem likeable as jack at all :(

Good luck to tretton on his next journey.
sAVAge_bEaST  +   148d ago
He had such a William Shatner vibe,. The guy in that video, has no where near the charisma.. Cause for concern?
SoapShoes  +   148d ago
But that's all style. Jack was surely a great business man but I'm sure this guy is a great business man as well and quite capable of handling things. Otherwise he wouldn't have been chosen to be Jack's successor.
Mikelarry  +   148d ago
oh god why did i just watch that now i feel worse if thats the guy replacing jack
chaosx  +   148d ago
He looks like a younger , cheaper ,less likeable Jack...
andibandit  +   148d ago
He kinda looks like Louis Litt
Cryptcuzz  +   148d ago
I'll miss Jack too, he was so good at interviews, connecting with the gamers, even joked around a bit too.

As for the newly appointed CEO, I hope he can do just as good of a job as Jack.

As for the charisma and likable side of Layden. Maybe we need to give him some time to get used to his new role at Playstation. Going from more of a behind the scenes type of guy, to the forefront and face of Playstation in N.A, is a big change that he needs to get used to first before he can show some character.

E3 2014 will be his first big test to the company and to the fans.
theunleashed64  +   148d ago
It's a shame, I liked him. he was enjoyable as the presenter at sony's E3 conferences.
Dlacy13g  +   148d ago
Jack Tretton is one of the few Sony Execs I really liked. I found him to have an air of a confident nice guy about him. He was a good face for the company.
JackieCruise69   148d ago | Trolling | show
ICANPLAYGAMES2  +   148d ago
I hope he isn't sick or something, terrible news indeed. At any rate wish him the best.
GamersHeaven  +   148d ago
Damn Amy Henning now Jack Tretton unreal this has got me a bit worried.
Dudebro90  +   148d ago
Man that sucks.
ziggurcat  +   148d ago
say it ain't so, jack! say it ain't so....
TomRL  +   148d ago
NO! Not the Trettster!
troylazlow  +   148d ago
I bet it's because of the Killzone 1080p MP lies.

He will be missed, he was a stand up guy and I hate to see anyone "step down"

best of luck Jack!
Crossbones  +   148d ago
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Team_Litt  +   148d ago
yes.
kingboy  +   148d ago
Adios Jack,E3 will never be same
Such a humble guy amiss his sudden premature departure,hopefully lands a suitable job in his future endeavors
chrisarsenalsavart  +   148d ago
it is not like Jack Will have to look for a job.I,m sure He already has received hundreds of job offers by now.
IanVanCheese  +   148d ago
Nothing but love for Jack, Sony should be sad to see him go.
SoapShoes  +   148d ago
I'm sure they are but undoubtedly they want what's best for him and if he doesn't feel that his position is where he wanted to be then they will happily let him pursue his desires rather than pressuring him to stay.
ApolloTheBoss  +   148d ago
What?!!!
ger2396  +   148d ago
Wow, best of luck to him. All these departures are a bit worrisome. I hope it's all for the best. I hope he's not going to Microsoft, the internet will explode. If he went to Nintendo that'll be ok.
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fattyuk  +   148d ago
But what about e3 :(

I always liked jack!
WeAreLegion  +   148d ago
I would be ok with Shahid presenting at E3. He loves games and he's fun to watch.
Mr-Dude  +   148d ago
Or Shuhei Yoshida himself...
WeAreLegion  +   148d ago
His English isn't great. That's the only reason I didn't suggest him.
Acquiescence  +   148d ago
It won't be the same without him :'(
But he went out on the highest possible note. E3 '13 bitches!
zerogotit  +   148d ago
Hes leaving as the king of trolls lol
iceman1346  +   148d ago
aprils fools ?!
Goro  +   148d ago
That sucks, he seemed like the perfect guy to represent a company.
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