Former PlayStation Exec Shawn Layden Joins Tencent

Former PlayStation executive Shawn Layden has joined giant Chinese video game publisher Tencent Games as a strategic advisor.

As reported by GI.biz, the former Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios (now PlayStation Studios) announced on LinkedIn that he joined Tencent last month to help the company navigate the gaming space.

“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,” Layden said in the post.

“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.”

Tencent has become one of the biggest publishers in gaming in recent years, having acquired several studios including Back 4 Blood developer Turtle Rock Studios and Sackboy: A Big Adventure’s Sumo Group. It also owns League of Legends’ Riot Games, 40% of Fortnite’s Epic Games, and 16.25% of Elden Ring studio FromSoftware.

The company is also transitioning into hardware development, announcing last month that it is working with gaming tech company Logitech to create a handheld, cloud-based console.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.

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