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Former PlayStation Boss Shawn Layden Joins Tencent as Strategic Advisor

Former PlayStation Boss Shawn Layden Joins Tencent as Strategic Advisor - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 September 2022 / 3,320 Views

Shawn Layden, the former PlayStation boss, in a LinkedIn post announced he has joined Tencent Games as a strategic advisor.

"I am delighted to share that I have recently joined Tencent Games as a strategic advisor," said Layden.

"In this new role, I hope to advise, assist, and support the team at Tencent as they deepen their activities and commitments within the industry to which I've devoted the majority of my career. We are at an epoch defining moment in gaming and interactive entertainment.

"There are many possible roads ahead but only a few are profound, broadening, inclusive, edifying, inspiring, and/or sustainable. I am thrilled to continue this journey of discovery and thank Tencent for the opportunity. "

Layden worked at Sony at PlayStation from May 1996 to October 2019. He was first hired as a Producer on International Software Development from May 1996 to January 2019 in Tokyo, Japan, followed by the Vice President at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe from January 1999 to September 2007. He was also the President at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan from October 2007 to March 2010.

He was also the Chief Operating Officer in the US from April 2010 to March 2014, the President and CEO from April 2014 to March, as well as the Chairman from April 2016 to October 2019.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments
DonFerrari (on 26 September 2022)

Hope Tencent make great games

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Johnd (on 20 September 2022)

Well i never!
Leaking strategic Sony information too no doubt.

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VAMatt Johnd (on 20 September 2022)

Hasn't he been away from Sony for 3 years? He's not going to have any valuable inside info 3 years out. Tencent certainly has more recent info already.

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DonFerrari Johnd (on 26 September 2022)

You do know there is law and internal procedures to avoid that right? Not following those can be very costly.

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VMCJonCarter (on 20 September 2022)

Lighting and The Thunder

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