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PlayStation's U.S. boss Jack Tretton stepping down
PlayStation's U.S. boss Jack Tretton stepping down
March 6, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

March 6, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, is leaving Sony on March 31, 2014.

Sony announced the news today in a press release, claiming Tretton's decision to step down was the result of a "mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship."

"Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career," stated Tretton in the release. "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."

Shawn Layden is expected to replace him on April 1, 2014. Layden currently serves as the executive vice president and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, a division he helped found. Before that, he served as president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.

"It is with mixed feelings that I inform you that I will be stepping down as President and CEO of SCEA effective March 31, 2014," reads a brief farewell message purportedly written by Jack Tretton and published on the PlayStation Blog. "This is a result of a mutual agreement with SCEA, and I leave knowing that the PlayStation brand has never been stronger, PlayStation 4 momentum continues to accelerate, and the future will only get brighter for our gamers."


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Jarod Smiley
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So Long Jack...

Brian Lockhart
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Wow! End of an era...

Freek Hoekstra
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agreed, he did a great job for a long time!
end of an Era indeed!

Joe Zachery
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It's so funny how Iwata just coming off of the Wii and DS domination of the industry. People can't wait for Nintendo to fire him, and go mobile. Jack Tretton was in control of Sony when they lost the US market to Xbox 360. The total collapse of the handheld division starting with the PSP in the west. Then the PSPGO, and now the total failure of the PSVita in the US Market. Name one thing that he did for Sony during the 7th generation. I'm sorry this was way pass due! Let's not try to sugar coat how bad of a job he done. Even his E3 performance was horrible with the only impression he left was of a sweaty nervous man. Good luck Jack where ever you find yourself next, but this was over due!

Merc Hoffner
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What does it mean that they've let Tretton go, but made Hirai the freaking CEO? They basically presided over all the same failures.

Also, check this link out: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9d9624a4-8341-11dd-907e-000077b07658.ht
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People have forgotten what a wonder Iwata has been. They say you're only as good as your last game, but when you stack the cash the man has generated from his miniscule workforce, I find it painful that people wouldn't give him some slack.

A W
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The people calling for Iwata to resign are disenfranchised fanboys that left Nintendo during the Wii era. I can't listen to people who proclaim Gamecube era as the best years of Nintendo. Despite the Minimal 3rd Party support back when more companies where making games, despite the line up Nintendo had themselves, that was not the best era of Nintendo.

Adam Bishop
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The PS3's global sales are the same as the 360's. Why do so many Americans act like the only thing that matters is selling consoles in the U.S.?

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Bob Johnson
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Good time to leave while the Ps4 is off to a great start.


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