Ex-Con Software Exec: Sony Should Leave The Game Business

At one time, Takafumi Horie was the most powerful man in Japan. Now, he's not. He does have a lot of followers on Twitter.

The Tokyo University dropout headed up internet portal Livedoor and attempted to not only buy an Osaka baseball team, but also carry out a hostile takeover of a major Japanese television network and create a space tourism company.

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GR8 13129d ago

Very good advice and if i was Sony i would take that advice and packup.

ZombieAutopsy3129d ago

of course you would you're a 1 bubble bot

kanedaakira3129d ago

However you are not Sony - you are a tw*t.

redsquad3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

Without competition, the shockingly inept 360 console would slide even further into the toilet...
But then, you wouldn't care would you? You'd buy any old $hite that Microsoft told you to...

Besides, Japan "doesn't matter" according to the bleating 360 zombies, so how is this man's non-opinion any different all of a sudden?

Marty83703129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

And Microsoft should get out of the console business, as they can't make decent reliable hardware. Leave that to Sony and Nintendo.

Dumb article, Who'd take advice from a criminal that's pissed off he got caught.

Jump Out, Play B3yond


ArcFatalix3129d ago

go away man, your jealousy is clearly showing you want the ps3 so bad isn't it?

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Nathan Drake23129d ago

i don't know why would microsoft release next xbox.if next xbox is gonna have blu ray which means no piracy,if failure rate would be within the standards which means no multiple rebuying,if the price would be similar to ps4 who's gonna buy it?halo and gears kids.a joke.

gunnerforlife3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )


edit 1: ama read the article just encase its a flame bait tittle.

Edit 2:M&^$£R F^%£*(G Moron looooooool

The Wood3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

ditto, gimme 5


cant be asked....whad it say

SullyDrake3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

Criminal, go back to jail and stop gaming altogether.

@ The Wood:

In 2005, the outspoken Horie ran for political office — something I covered firsthand. After being arrested for securities fraud in 2006, Horie, who is known as "Horiemon" in Japan, was sent to jail for 2 and a half years. Around the time he got out of prison, Horie mentioned that he had purchased a PlayStation 3, but later, he would go on to say that Sony should sell its game division to Microsoft because the console market is high risk, high return.

Back when Horie was a billionaire information technology exec, he was thinking about trying to take over Sony, too. In his latest book, Horie apparently once again declares, "Sony should leave the game business."

That's the meat of the article. Thank bloody hell this twat isn't running Sony. Sony wouldn't have sold themselves though. They know they're at the verge of being the leaders again this generation.

AAACE53129d ago

The title alone is bound to piss tons of people off! Not to mention the contents.

Bereaver3129d ago

Lol, sony should leave the game business, and leave M$ to shovel out more faulty hardware that looks better than the Wii, until wii 2 comes out and they do the same thing again. No thank you, only thanks to sony.

vhero3129d ago

Had to be on Kotaku didn't it? The no.1 360 fanboy site on the web.. Didn't even bother following the web I have it on my ban list absolute trash site.

sikbeta3129d ago


So, the guy is MAD cuz he couldn't take over SONY and start to say crap like that [?] lol What a Looser, deal with it dude, you need a little more time in Jail lol

Also trying to take over Sony is like too much, I mean, Playstation, Bravia, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony BMG, VAIO, Cybershot (+Minolta), 50% of Sony-Ericsson, so on... That's an incredible LOAD of Money...


presto7173129d ago

It just doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

ShinRyuHadoken3129d ago

Takafumi Horie, what a looser!

ThanatosDMC3129d ago

So that we dont get games like Uncharted 2, MAG, GOW3, Heavy Rain, etc?!

Mr. Whoever... FU!

IdleLeeSiuLung3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

Yes, from a guy that tried to take over Sony is a guy I'm more likely to listen to regardless of if it is successful or not. Why? Because he most likely studied the company and more so to than any other person on this website or most other places.

When you have billions of dollars on the line, you consider the risks carefully. That is not to say though that stupid decisions aren't made when billions of dollars are involved though....

BYE3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

"On March 16, 2007, Horie was found guilty of falsifying the company's accounts and misleading investors and was sentenced to a 2 years and 6 months imprisonment." - Wikipedia

Yeah, you should really take this man's judgement seriously...


Army_of_Darkness3129d ago

so he thinks Sony should leave the console business because it's to much of a risk factor??? ummm.. isn't every business a high risk?!

hell, if it weren't for sony we probably would still be using cartridges from nintendo and cd's from sega for games.

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Somnipotent3129d ago

Sony is the only company pushing the industry forward in terms of technological advancement. Takafumi Horie needs his head checked.

NMC20073129d ago

OH...... Oh sweet heavens. *grabs bag of pretzels and a 2 liter of coke*
This will be unbelievable.

gunnerforlife3129d ago

can you really blame anyone for acting on this lool
the guy is an idiot, total stupidity in hes part.
competition is what drives this business to new heights, thanks to MS and Nintendo that SONY ain't the same big headed company that they were at the beginning of this GEN.