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.
Noooo why? Such a good guy. His presence is very likable. Let's hope this Shawn guy has a similar charisma.
WOW. Shocking news. Gonna miss this guy.
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
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
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.
Damn, sucks to see these losses.
I'm actually surprised, he must have been offered a lot more money elsewhere.
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.
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....
No! Stay here, stay as long as you can. For the love of god cherish it.
@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.
Thanks and Good Luck Capt'n Jack Please ignore the village idiot people.
@loulou Oh yes, just like balmer left when he was on top.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ;)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
He is a great man, he truly cared about the customers. He will be missed-Peace.
I cant wait how someone's gonna spin this for a "Teh PS4 is Teh Doomz"
my god, WTH? E3 won't be the same without Jack. :-(
Wow, didn't see that coming.
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.
First Amy from Naughty Dog and now Jack from SCEA!! Such a depressing week :(
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?
Not comparable in the slightest
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.
Don't forget the 50 from SCE SSM too