PlayStation alumnus Shawn Layden has joined Chinese conglomerate Tencent as a strategic advisor, a blog post on LinkedIn confirmed.
Layden states his new role will be to “advise, assist, and support the team at Tencent as they deepen their activities and commitments within the industry to which I’ve devoted the majority of my career.”
Looks like LinkedIn leapt the species wall and the news is here. Nevertheless, quick update to say I've joined Tencent as a strategic advisor and am excited to be working with them as interactive entertainment drives technology and innovation.
💥🎮🧑💻🦾💙 #tencent #videogames
— shawn layden (@ShawnLayden) September 20, 2022
“We are at an epoch-defining moment in gaming and interactive entertainment,” said Layden. “There are many possible roads ahead but only a few are profound, broadening, inclusive, edifying, inspiring, and/or sustainable. I am thrilled to continue this journey of discovery and thank Tencent for the opportunity.”
Tencent has been on an acquiring spree over recent years picking up Sackboy: A Big Adventure developer Sumo Group, Back 4 Blood’s Turtle Rock Studios, Riot Games, 40 percent of Epic Games, Klei Entertainment, Funcom, and Inflexion Games to name a few.
Shawn Layden left PlayStation in 2019 with his role being the chairman of PlayStation Worldwide Studios at the time.