Sony PlayStation Gets a New Chairman and President

Times are tough for Sony. They got rid of Linux, which lead to PS3 hacker, George ‘GeoHot’ Hotz, successfully hacking the PlayStation 3. With that, Sony went after Hotz, but was then attacked by hacktivist group Anonymous, which lead to user information being compromised. This then lead to Sony taking down the PlayStation Network for security purposes.

Sony Corporation CEO Howard Stringer was asked to resign by a shareholder, during Sony’s 94th annual shareholders meeting in Tokyo on June 28th. Looks like the shareholders weren’t happy, as one said that management might be to blame for the PlayStation Network outage.

Now, Sony has announced Kaz Hirai, the man who loves Ridge Racer, as chairman of SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.) and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s Andrew House as President, taking over Kaz’s original spot. They will be focusing on Sony’s research and development, production, and hardware sales.

“We are facing new challenges this year, such as the successful launch of PlayStation Vita and further growth of PS3 platform as well as expansion of non-gaming business,” said Hirai.

Stocks have been falling for Sony ever since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011. The PSN outage also didn’t help. Let’s hope that Hirai and House can bring the PlayStation brand back to its former glory like when the PS1 and PS2 debuted.

Source: GamesRadar

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