Following last year’s spin off of its audio and video business, and the sale of Sony Online Entertainment, Sony has announced that Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) will be merged into Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (SIE). The move will see all SCE and SNEI hardware, software, content, and network services operations headquartered in San Mateo, California, with operations in Tokyo and London. SIE is set to begin operating on Friday, April 1, 2016.
“By integrating the strengths of PlayStation’s hardware, software, content and network operations, SIE will become an even stronger entity, with a clear objective to further accelerate the growth of the PlayStation® business,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of Network Entertainment of Sony Corporation. “Along with our business partners, SIE will develop pioneering services and products that will continue to inspire consumers’ imaginations and lead the market. We will work hard to maximize corporate value by coordinating global business operations across San Mateo, Tokyo, and London by leveraging local expertise.”
SCE is the company that is responsible for overseeing PlayStation console development, while SNEI is responsible for the PlayStation Network (PSN), PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, and other streaming services available on PSN. Sony hopes that combining resources of the two companies will allow them to better respond to the needs of consumers. SIE will be helmed by Andrew House who will serve as President and Global CEO.
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