Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment have now merged, into one division called Sony Interactive Entertainment.
This new division will combine PlayStation’s hardware, software, and network divisions into one single unit of operations. The new company will start on the 1st April 2016. The headquarters is located in Mateo, California. There will also be offices in Tokyo and London.
Sony had already been reporting financial results for its two gaming groups together, as “Game & Network Services,” since the start of its 2014 fiscal year in April 2014. The division will remain “key global business operations” in Tokyo (currently Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.) and London (currently Sony Computer Entertainment Europe).
“By integrating the strengths of PlayStation’s hardware, software, content and network operations, SIE will become an even stronger entity, with a clear objective to further accelerate the growth of the PlayStation business,” said Andrew House, who is the president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and the head of Sony Network Entertainment.
Jim Ryan, currently the president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, will now take the role of head of global sales and marketing for SIE. Shawn Layden, who succeeded Jack Tretton as the president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America in April 2014, will be the head of Worldwide Studios for new division. Shuhei Yoshida said on Twitter that he will be reporting to Layden at SIE. His current title will not change.
Sony says the move represents a “renewed commitment” to PlayStation products.