Sony announced early this morning that they will be merging the Playstation businesses in under one us-based division called Sony Interactive Entertainment. The merger will be a combination of the two existing pieces of Sony’s video game business, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Sony Network Entertainment International, which will also “join the forces of all business units belonging to SCE and SNEI, including hardware, software, content and network services operations,” according to a press release from Sony.
The formation of Sony Interactive Entertainment, or SIE for short, will take place on April 1st 2016 the beginning of Sony’s 2016 fiscal year. Sony had already been reporting financial results for its two gaming groups together, as “Game & Network Services,” since the start of its 2014 fiscal year in April 2014.
SIE’s worldwide headquarters will be located in the current “Sony Computer Entertainment America” office in San Mateo, California, however Sony has advised that the Tokyo and European offices will still have key operations in their respective locations.
“By integrating the strengths of PlayStation’s hardware, software, content and network operations, SIE will become an even stronger entity, with a clear objective to further accelerate the growth of the PlayStation business,” said Andrew House, who currently serves as the president and global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and the head of Sony Network Entertainment.
No information about any major plans has been made with this new shift, but we will probably hear more as we get closer to the merger date.