Shawn Layden Sony PlayStation Game Studios Boss Departing Company

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Sony has announced that Shawn Layden, the chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, will be departing the company for undisclosed reasons.

The announcement was made via a company tweet stating: “It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden will be departing SIE. His visionary leadership will be greatly missed. We wish him success in future endeavors and are deeply grateful for his years of service. Thanks for everything, Shawn!”

Layden has been a mainstay for PlayStation for quite a long time, regularly appearing on stage at the company’s E3 press conferences during his time as president of Sony Interactive Entertainment America and his most recent position as Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios, which began in 2018 when Sony consolidated the PlayStation divisions under one roof.

The reason for his departure remains unclear and a successor was not announced, opening speculation as to circumstances surrounding the events. His Twitter account makes no mention of this new development, further feeding the speculation. We’ll just have to wait and see if he or Sony will have any further announcements regarding this story.