Sony's gaming business has a new leader. Jim Ryan will take over the role of President and CEO of the Sony SIE division from April 1st.
He will exchange positions with current President and CEO John Kodera, who will replace Ryan as Vice President of SIE.
Sony said that Codra will continue to focus on developing the company's games and content services. At the same time, Ryan will begin to oversee the entire business of the PlayStation.
Ryan's leadership of the PlayStation brand has dominated Europe and established its reputation. He has been in charge of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for many years. Prior to becoming a Vice President in 2018, he served as President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe.
But fans of the PlayStation may know that he occasionally says something wrong, for example, he says to be backward compatible.
“I recently participated in a GT racing event with PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4. “Ryan explained to Time magazine in June 2017 that “PS1 and PS2 games look old.” Why are there still people playing? ”
You can now buy a PlayStation Classic game console with 20 PlayStation 1 games at a retailer near you for $100.
Sony's most successful game console ever is coming soon. As of January this year, the PlayStation 4 has sold more than 91.6 million units, and this year is likely to exceed 100 million units.
So why should Sony make such personnel adjustments? Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said he wants someone to focus on making the PlayStation a top platform.
Kenichiro Yoshida said in a statement: "Our game and network services business has grown to become the largest business of Sony Group in terms of sales and operating income. In addition, as our future development engine, our business in this field is of great significance. At the same time, this industry is developing rapidly. To maintain market leadership, we must have a sense of urgency and constantly develop ourselves. ”
Kenji Yoshida said that after meeting with Kodla, he decided to adjust the work of the leadership team. He said he wants Codra to be responsible for expanding the network service and let Ryan ensure the internal stability of the PlayStation.
Yoshida said: “Ryan has been working on the growth of the PlayStation business for the past 25 years. I believe that Ryan's management of the overall organization and operations of the SIE will enable Codella to focus on the key tasks of further developing the PlayStation network. The network has grown to become a platform with more than 90 million active users worldwide. This new structure will enable SIE to further accelerate its innovation and growth. ”