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
So long Jack, it was a hell of a ride good sir... you will be missed... .____........___... .____||......||.......|___|| ||.........___||............ ||
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"
exactly i cant picture e3 2014 without jack
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.
Ugh this is so sad :(
@Crystallis. The contract was up for a renewal.
He might be at E3...Microsoft's "Biggest Surprise Ever" is them hiring Jack Tretton
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.
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!
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
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.
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?
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.
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...
Keep dreaming blaze. You've become more bitter and desperate as the years have gone by.
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.
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.
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.
absolutely loved this guy, it was enjoyable to listen to his interviews.
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This one works better... http://nooooooooooooooo.com... and last year's E3 was epic and he will be missed.
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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.
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.
Tretton pulling a Seinfeld. He's leaving at the top. What better opportunity to step down as president? No one can question his abilities.
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
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.
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
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.
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!
Is he the one that stutters and has tourettes syndrome as well?
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.
Very bad news for Sony lately those are some big names leaving the company And MS is prepping nuclear bombs for E3
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.
Awww, I loved Jack tretton. Hopefully the new guy will be good.