In three days on the elusive February 29th, Phil Harrison (President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios) will clear out his office. After spending 15 years with Sony, no specific reason has been publicly announced for the departure. But there are some ideas.
The smug gentleman to the right here is our buddy Phil Harrison, who has been lately annoyed by Sony’s sloth-like approach to casual gaming.
Infogrames: You might otherwise know as the current Atari, Infogrames is currently restructuring its employees and possibly management, and is looking for people just like Phil. David Gardner, the new CEO at Infogrames was recorded saying: “My goal is to help rebuild that passion around the company,” and further added, “First, with the employees and then very quickly to spread it virally on the internet to millions of new customers. I have a personal challenge to create a world-class company that is European in flavour but reaches global markets.” Sounds like a convincing argument, this one is brought to you by GamesIndustry.biz.
Though Nintendo currently seems well enough on its own two feet, roping in the best casual talent from the competitors would be a very smart move. The casual market is one of the fastest growing market segments, and Nintendo is at the helm. This little theory is one of my own.
You could also implicate the news with the recent EA/Take-Two talks, or the still-fresh Blizzard/Activision merger. The industry seems to be in a state of flux and
Kaz Hirai, the President/Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment International now also picked up