On Sony’s official blog Jack Tretton announced leaving SCEA as of 31st March 2014 under a mutual agreement he had with the company.
Mr. Tretton said,
“It is with mixed feelings that I inform you that I will be stepping down as President and CEO of SCEA effective March 31, 2014. This is a result of a mutual agreement with SCEA, and I leave knowing that the PlayStation brand has never been stronger, PlayStation 4 momentum continues to accelerate, and the future will only get brighter for our gamers. Serving PlayStation fans for the past 19 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. Your passion for gaming inspired me every day.”
Couple days ago Sony bragged about PlayStation 4 surpassing a sale of 6 million units including 370,000 units in Japan alone. While it made a clear win on its rival Microsoft’s Xbox One, which is still looking at a figure of 3 millions units only.
Serving for almost two decades, Mr. Tretton shared a few words with the ‘PlayStation Nation’, “I want to thank you for constantly pushing PlayStation to deliver breakthrough gaming and entertainment experiences, and to never settle for “good enough.” The embodiment of this commitment can be found in the PS4, which has quickly become the #1 next-gen console worldwide”
To this, Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment said, “I’ve worked with Jack for nearly two decades and I want to personally thank him for his leadership and the considerable contributions he’s made to the SCEA business and PlayStation brand over the years. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” said House in a statement. “I also want to welcome Shawn to the Sony Computer Entertainment America team. I have the utmost confidence in Shawn’s leadership capabilities, and his deep knowledge of the gaming industry and commitment to gamers, will help keep PlayStation at the forefront of entertainment and innovative gameplay.”
With a warm goodbye from the current CEO, Shawn Layden, head of operations for Sony Network Entertainment International will be taking the position on 1st April 2014. He has been serving the company for almost 15 years.
While company gave no reasons for Jack Tretton stepping down, except a mutual agreement they had, company’s spokesperson still not making either Mr. Layden or Mr. Tretton available.