Andrew House leaving PlayStation after 27 years

Sony’s top PlayStation management team is getting rearranged today, as Andrew House has stepped down from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Interactive Entertainment. He has spent more than 20 years with the company. John Kodera will take over his role as CEO of SIE.

He will stay on as SIE Chairman for the remainder of 2017 before completely exiting Sony in 2018. House oversaw the launches of the PS1 and PS2 before taking Kaz Hirai’s position atop PlayStation in 2011.

House had this to say in Sony’s official PR:

I’m tremendously proud of what we’ve built with PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment: entertaining millions globally with the best in games and creating a fully fledged digital entertainment company. PlayStation has been a huge part of my life for more than 20 years but with the business having achieved record-breaking success, now seemed to be the right time for me to pursue new challenges. I shall always treasure the friendships and people that have made SIE such a wonderful place to work. I’m also grateful to PlayStation fans and gamers around the world for their loyalty and support. John and the team at SIE are world-class and I know the future of PlayStation is very bright.

House started at Sony in 1990 in their Corporate Communications department before moving to SCE’s marketing department in 1995, as the company prepared to launch the original PlayStation in North America. I wonder how much of an impact House had on Sony’s infamous “$299” mic drop at the first E3 in 1995, which instantly killed hype for Sega’s upcoming Sega Saturn since it was priced at $399.

Good luck on your future ventures House. Your time at PlayStation has made a huge impact on the gaming industry as a whole.

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