SIE Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden has left, confirms Sony
"His visionary leadership will be greatly missed"
His name might ring a bell, or you maybe you've never heard of him, but one of the top dogs at Sony Interactive Entertainment has left his role this week.
Shawn Layden, who had worked within Sony since the 1980s, has made the decision to step away from his role as SIE Worldwide Studios chairman after three years.
Just after midnight UK time, the official PlayStation Twitter account posted "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!"
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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!</p>— PlayStation (@PlayStation) <a href="https://twitter.com/PlayStation/status/1178808151962816514?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 30, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
As reported by Gamesindustry.biz, Sony has not confirmed who will replace Layden as chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios, or the reason as to why he left his role with the company. Of course, social media has seen a variety of responses from gamers after the news surfaced, with many sad to see him go. However, some accounts have highlighted the need for the next chairman to be more lenient regarding the censorship of M rated video games.
Layden leaves his role among a busy few months of the game release calendar for PlayStation fans, including action-adventure Death Stranding, a PS4-exclusive developed by Kojima Productions.