Sony Computer Entertainment America President Jack Tretton To Step Down

By Ishaan . March 6, 2014 . 1:10pm


Jack Tretton will step down from his role as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sony announced today. According to the firm, “this is a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship.”


Tretton will be replaced by Shawn Layden, currently Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International. The change will go into effect on April 1st.


Tretton had been with SCEA for since 1994, as one of the founding members of its executive team. He was involved in a number of PlayStation product launches in North America, all the way from the original PlayStation to PS4.


“Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” said Tretton. “Although I will deeply miss the talented team at SCEA and the passion demonstrated every day by our fans, I’m very excited about starting the next chapter of my career.”


“I want to thank the employees, partners and customers for their tireless commitment to the PlayStation brand and, of course, to our fans who have pushed us to new heights of innovation and entertainment over the past two decades. I leave PlayStation in a position of considerable strength and the future will only get brighter for PlayStation Nation.”


“It’s an honor and privilege to join Sony Computer Entertainment America and be a part of the team that is leading the next generation of gaming and entertainment,” said Layden.


“SCEA is committed to delivering breakthrough gaming experiences that inspire fans and exceed their wildest expectations. As PS4 shows us every day, there has never been a better time to be part of the PlayStation community and I look forward to working with our retail, development, publishing and network partners to further demonstrate why PlayStation is the best place to play.”


Finally, Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment pitched in as well.


“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.


“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.”

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  • Monterossa

    hope the new CEO will do what Nintendo does, paying Japanese developers to localize their games and pay them to make games exclusively to Sony systems.

    • Spider-Man

      I’d like to be the new CEO at Sony…

      • Göran Isacson

        But how would you combine making a new movie every year with being a CEO AND superhero watching out for New York?That’s a lot of time to spend juggling various responsibilities… or do you want to be CEO so that you can shoot DOWN their moviemaking plans and free up time instead?

        • Spider-Man

          The latter. A movie every year would stagnate quickly, story would be a mess, and hype wouldn’t be there with each release.

          Besides, I need to localize some niche games.

          • Göran Isacson

            Alas, the rumours I hear center around Sony wanting to do just that: by creating Venom and Sinister Six spinoffs, means they can cycle them around and create their OWN comic book-movie universe! With blackjack! And hookers!

    • Brion Valkerion

      Hopefully that is one of the only changes. Sony’s Playstation branch has been on the ball on pretty much everything these last few years. Other than promoting their first party titles (which seriously they should do more) I have few complaints compared to the other two.

    • ronin4life

      Nintendo doesn’t largely do either of those things… They actually bring over or publish the localized games themselves(Meaning THEY work for it to happen, not that they pay companies so they will choose to do so) and they rarely to never just outright buy exclusives.

      But Yes, It would be nice to see Sony incorporate these behaviors of Nintendo. And that is something they should have been doing instead of the BS they focus on Western Pubs.

    • Guest

      The latter one “pay them to make games exclusives” is more Microsoft. And well Sony too with timed-exclusives as Guacamelee, or exclusive content as in Watch_Dogs.

      Nintendo mostly either pay for the development (Bayo 2) or outright localize the games themselves (Professor Layton).

  • Varnes

    I just said NOOOOO for like 10 minutes XD

  • MogMoogle

    “The change will go into effect on April 1st.”

    I dunno if I should believe this…

    • ForteWily

      Yeah, I was noticing that myself. That and Jack’s love for pranks… that date seems, questionable.

    • Death Metal

      Then the joke should have been made on the date itself. It makes no sense to announce a ‘joke’ 1 month earlier.

    • Pyrofrost

      April 1st is the first day of the fiscal year.

  • urbanscholar

    You know what I’ll miss about Jack? When he gave interviews/pressers you could see/feel/hear a somewhat awkwardness to it. It was awkwardness from a good place, a dude that stood behind what his brand was doing and wanted the best for his company. it’ll be hard to see another face when I hear Sony after 7 years.

    I bid you prosperity Jack. I tip my hat to you

  • pixxxelz

    I think he was forced out because of the murder charges against him

    • DanielGearSolid


    • Yan Zhao

      LOL that just made my day.

    • Anthony Birken

      DKM! This moment made my day!

  • Pyrofrost

    My apologies everyone, I did not realize this regulation had already been amended when I made this post.
    It seems like they lifted the regulation without releasing a statement saying they did.

    I would like to see this lead to the possibility of SCEA loosening up on some of the regulations a bit. Such as the one where games must have an English voice track to be sold at retail.

    • Dago

      If that is true then Please explain why i have a retail copy of Record of Agarest War 2

      • Pyrofrost

        It was a policy in place when companies such as TK was localizing games such as WO3 and Namco Bandai was localizing PW to NA (however games like Yakuza were able to pass this mandate, even then).

        It seems the regulation has already been dropped and I simply wasn’t aware though.

        I was corrected by a friend too, but I forgot to amend my post here. You have my apologies, and I shall do so now.

  • SirRichard

    I’ll miss the guy, he always seemed nervous and a little anxious in interviews and on stage at E3, but there was a charm about that. He seemed to be an actual person, and not a handsomely dressed marketing robot going through the routine. Hopefully his replacement, if he takes to the stage, doesn’t fall into that trap.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    ;_; Aww

  • eilegz

    sigh a big loss to sony hopefully he dont go to the competition

  • DesmaX

    He will be missed.

    I hope he’ll still work on the industry. He’s talented

  • Gonna miss Jack. I hope the future of Sony is a bright one.

  • Godmars

    Just hope he doesn’t go over to MS…

  • idrawrobots

    I did not like that guy.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Neither did I, he always seemed a little seedy to me.

      Oh and he’d always shit talk the competition lol

    • PoweredByHentai

      I always saw him as the kind of awkward guy who tried to show that he fit in despite not needing to.

  • Godman

    Keep moving forward Mr.Tretton Greatness Awaits

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Oh ok.

  • Masa

    Guy did an amazing job with playstation over the years, i wish him all the best.

  • Much as it’s sad, I hope this causes more of a turn-over of products from Japan to the West.

    I mean, we still don’t have the 64GB cards for the Vita, and we still don’t have any sign of the Vita TV, despite it being stated that there was a lot of positive response to it.

  • anthony apduhan

    E3 and Playstation won’t be the same without him he will surely be missed.

  • kroufonz

    good luck for jack may he find better future

    hope the next CEO would be much better regarding Japanese game etc and localization policy. (easier localization and retail policy for third party , and more localization of SCEJ stuff, even better if they can do what nintendo did localizing third party game with japanese voice and bringing the JP limited edition console/ handheld)

    • PoweredByHentai

      Shawn Layden has very strong dev credentials:,38332/

      Since Layden has been more involved on the studio management side of things than Tretton, I think Layden taking over is perfectly fine.

      Also, he is professionally fluent in Japanese and was at SCEJ at one point.

      If anything, the better question to ask is:
      Where has this guy been hiding all these years?

      So yeah, Layden’s dev credentials are solid. It seems that he prefers to avoid the spotlight.

      • kroufonz

        his track record is nice

        • PoweredByHentai

          When he joined Sony, he was the assistant to the founder and CEO of Sony back in 1987. That’s some ridiculously high placement for someone who was just starting their career. That sort of thing isn’t normal.

          The current day equivalent would be a college grad starting work at Apple right under Steve Jobs as his secretary/assistant.

          • ZekeFreek

            Can’t call that “current day” seeing how Jobs is dead.

  • NightzeroAX

    Seems like calm guy at least whenever I see him at e3. I do hope however this means that games with japanese audio (but translated) will get physical releases.

  • kyrt

    lol April 1st…

  • Sav

    lol april fools joke or is it real?

    if it’s real too bad, jack is a pretty cool guy.

  • psfam

    I will forever think about him when I hear Imagine Dragons – Radioactive.

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