Sony's video game industry has a new leader taking the lead. Jim Ryan will take over as President and CEO of SIE effective April 1st. He replaces the current President and CEO, John Kodera, who will assume the role of Ryan as Vice President of EIS.
Sony notes that Kodera will continue its work to develop the company's gaming and content services. Ryan, meanwhile, will start overseeing the entire PlayStation business.
Ryan's built a reputation after leading the PlayStation brand to dominance in Europe. He has overseen Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for years. He was then president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe before getting a promotion in 2018 to the position of vice president.
But fans of PlayStation may recognize it to have sometimes put his foot in the mouth. Like when he talked about backward compatibility.
"I was recently at a Gran Turismo event where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games," Ryan explained. Time magazine in june 2017. "And the PS1 and PS2 games looked old. Like, why would anyone play this?
You can buy a PlayStation Classic with 20 PlayStation 1 games at a retailer near you right now for $ 100.
Why does Sony bring this change?
Sony is nearing the end of one of its most successful consoles. PlayStation 4 exceeded 91.6 million systems sold in January and is expected to outshine 100 million this year.
So, why does Sony bring a change? Sony President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida wants someone to focus on growing PlayStation as a global platform.
"Our Gaming and Network Services business has become the most important business of the Sony Group in terms of sales and operating profit," Yoshida said in a statement. "In addition, our activity in this area is of considerable importance as a driver of our future growth. At the same time, this industry is evolving relentlessly and to remain the market leader, we must evolve ourselves continuously and with urgency. "
Yoshida said that he had decided to mix the management team after being interviewed with Kodera. Kenichiro said that although he wants to keep Kodera in charge of developing network services, Ryan has the necessary experience to ensure stability within PlayStation.
"Jim Ryan has long been engaged in the growth of the PlayStation sector over the past 25 years," said Yoshida. "I believe this new structure – where Jim will manage the organization and global operations of EIS, and allow John to focus on the key mission of further developing the PlayStation Network, which has become a platform extremely vast with over 90 million monthly active users. worldwide – will enable SIE to further accelerate its innovation and evolution. "