Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) are being merged into a single entity that will be known as Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). This moves consolidates both console and PlayStation Network businesses into a company headquartered in San Mateo, California.
SIE is set to begin operations on 1 April 2016, and will also be establishing key global operations in London and Tokyo. It is difficult to say how this will alter the way that PlayStation is handled, although the new company will see a reshuffle of executives between the two companies.
The PlayStation business is currently split between the physical console and the online network services. SCE has been in charge of developing the console and first party games for Sony since it was founded way back in 1993. It currently also handles releases from third party developers and publishers. On the other hand, SNEI runs the online side of things and is generally concerned with services instead of games. The company handles the PlayStation Network and all associated services like the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Vue, and PlayStation Plus.
Sony says that the formation of SIE will “combine resources across their hardware, software, content and fast-growing network businesses, positioning the company for enhanced competitiveness, continued expansion and market leadership in all areas. SIE will better respond to the needs of consumers and the evolving digital market to deliver unparalleled interactive entertainment experiences under the PlayStation brand.”
Heading up the newly formed SIE will be Andrew House, the current president and global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and group executive in charge of Network Entertainment of Sony Corporation. Which isn’t too surprising considering that House is already technically doing the job. Sony president Kazuo Hirai will be assisting House as a member of the Board of Directors.
The new company shouldn’t affect how PlayStation works, but it should make it easier for Sony to keep track of all those moving parts. The console business has been a bright spot for the Japanese electronics manufacturer, and it is no surprise that Sony is looking to put more effort into its operations.
[Source: Sony Computer Entertainment]