A mere week after Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House suggested PlayStation is bowing out of the handheld market, Sony has revealed that House is leaving the company. Instead, SIE deputy president John “Tsuyoshi” Kodera will be serving as CEO and president for the company’s interactive entertainment division.
House will remain at Sony until 2017 comes to a close, serving as chairman for SIE while the company goes through its executive changes, according to a press release from Sony. House is leaving Sony altogether, with the announcement revealing that he will no longer serve as Sony’s executive vice president and corporate executive officer, either.
House began working for Sony back in 1990, and during the ’90s he worked on releasing the PlayStation inside Sony Computer Entertainment’s marketing and communications division. He quickly rose through the executive ranks in the early 2000s, eventually becoming Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO during the early 2010’s.
“I’m tremendously proud of what we’ve built with PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment: entertaining millions globally with the best in games and creating a fully fledged digital entertainment company,” House said in the press release. “PlayStation has been a huge part of my life for more than 20 years but with the business having achieved record-breaking success, now seemed to be the right time for me to pursue new challenges.”
Meanwhile, Kodera will serve as representative director and president for SIE for the time being, taking on “overall operational responsibility” while House serves as chairman. Not unlike House, Kodera began with Sony in the early 1990s. During the 2000s, he worked with Sony to launch some of PlayStation’s biggest online services: including PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, and PlayStation Vue.
“It’s a great honor to take on the role of President and CEO, SIE, and I’m very grateful to Kaz and Andy for the trust and faith they have shown in me,” Kodera said in the press release. “I intend to build on the amazing progress Andy has made enhancing the PlayStation brand and expanding the game and network services business, and will strive to further strengthen the unique value proposition we are able to offer via the PlayStation platform.”
It remains unclear where PlayStation will head next amid Sony’s new executives. But based on Kodera’s past experience, it seems Sony will further embrace cloud services, online streaming, and digital gaming distribution. Either way, PS4 fans will know for certain once the next year begins.