David Reeves quits SCEE

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCEI) has today announced David Reeves has quit as president and will be replaced by Andrew House. Reeves worked at Sony for 14 years, he officially leaves the company on April 30th.

Andrew House, currently the chief marketing officer will assume the role of chief executive officer and co-chief operating office as of May 1st.

Along with the press release, Reeves had this to say:

"It has been a wonderful ride with PlayStation, I never got to visit all 106 countries but managed 66. I have just two things to say on leaving: I want to thank all of those people who have supported SCEE and me personally in the past 14 years; you have been magnificent!

Secondly, I am going to spend my time now trying to repay society for all I have taken from it. If your children are having physics lessons at the local school or wondering why their ski instructor is very elderly, your car mechanic has a bad back, or the social worker keeps bringing you PSP games, then it could just be me! Good luck to everybody at SCEE and everybody who continues to support us."

It was only last year when British corporate executive of SCEI, Phil Harrison, left the company to become Directeur Général Délégué at Infogrames Entertainment. Both were key spokesmen for the fans of Sony, however there was often a huge dislike towards the two due to their outspoken view and sometimes obnoxious comments towards others in the industry. Undeniably the two achieved a lot during their time at SCEE and helped shape Playstation into the brand it is in Europe today.

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> Secondly, I am going to spend my time now trying to repay society for all I have taken from it

Ha. Sounds like a guy who's got a guilty conscience.

But then, he worked for Sony...

Well whatever, someone else said it better than me on another forum :P

SCEE has succeeded despite itself often, really, much less David Reeves' idiotic oar jabbing in occasionally with something ill advised and stupid. Sure he was great for "lulz", but when your company is being represented by a complete moron who says things like "the first five million are going to buy it, whatever it is, even if it didn't have games" or "i guess PAL gamers could just torrent it rather than waiting!!" is just absurd. I remember a while ago he also almost stopped the LBP hype train dead by proposing a "Premium Creator Club" or whatever where people would have to pay to play Top users levels. Great work David! There are better people out there that could have done his job, and hopefully that's who we've got now. If you attribute all the SCEE stuff to the partnerships with studios like MediaMolecule, then that isnt Reeve's arena but Phil Harrison (he's still a ridiculous loss for Sony, he should have Hirai's place) and indeed his replacement Andrew House is well known for being responsible for that area when he was with Sony before.

Reeves was just another clueless CEO at the top of the pile, smiling away not really knowing what was going on. I dare say he's been squatting on his position waiting for a good "get out" deal for quite a while, from the tone of some of his interviews in the last year. Good riddance.

I didn't take anything away from what he did for the company, I only said I disliked the guy and I'm not the only one. His incapability to conduct a respectable interview without saying utter tripe over the competiton was appalling. Ken was exactly the same. Reeves tried to be one of the gang and just sounded silly.

however there was often a huge dislike towards the two due to their outspoken view and sometimes obnoxious comments towards others in the industry. Undeniably the two achieved a lot during their time at SCEE and helped shape Playstation into the brand it is in Europe today.

David Reeves hell yes, but not Phil Harrison. Most, if not all fans agree he was the man People were actually sad to see him leave, Reeves, not so much.

Your opinion at the end of the day, I don't remember anyone being sad. I remember people being happy, myself included.

DrunknMunky said,
Your opinion at the end of the day, I don't remember anyone being sad. I remember people being happy, myself included.

Of course you were happy, you hate every member of staff at Sony HQ :P

PH was the driving force behind making LBP happen, as well as Home for what it's worth. The guy done a lot right surrounding casual gaming and communication, something he slated Sony Japan for just before leaving. Rightly so as well, the Japanese can't even get an online mode right (MGO).

He was also remembered by Sony - http://www.ukresistance.co.uk/2008/08/phil...l-harrison.html - Lets see Reeves get that treatment.

Fans liked PH a lot more than Reeves, fact.