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Phil Harrison Resigns from Sony Computer Entertainment

  This week has only just begun, and it's already full of shock and awe. Last night we heard about EA proposing to buy out Take-Two, and today comes news that Phil Harrison, the British giant everyone that everyone could agree on, is resigning as President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. Harrison has decided to leave the company, and his last day will be February 29th. This marks a truly sad day for SCE, as Harrison is highly favored by gaming enthusiasts and the press for his charisma, sincerity, and his lack of hyperbole.

   Kazuo (Kaz) Hirai, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, will assume Harrison's responsibilities as President of SCE-WWS, while still retaining his CEO status. While Hirai has big shoes to fill, there certainly is no other executive at SCE who can do it better than he can, as Kaz Hirai has been with the PlayStation family since 1995.

   "As one of the founding members of SCE, Phil played a key role in the development and growth of the PlayStation business and our industry," said Kazuo Hirai. "It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very best of luck in his future endeavors."

   "The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far," said Phil Harrison. "I am grateful to all the PlayStation family for their incredible support, guidance and friendship. It has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a daily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can."

   We're rather bummed to see Harrison go, especially because we loved being in attendance to watch him at conferences and keynotes. Wherever he ends up, we wish him the best of luck.

2/25/2008 Arnold Katayev

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