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Shawn Layden interview — How diversity can save gaming as it faces labor shortages


Shawn Layden had a long career at Sony, and now he gets to offer advice to companies like Streamline Media Group as they navigate the shoals of the game industry.

And so I thought it would be a good idea to get Layden’s advice on a wide variety of subjects in a fireside chat at the recent Devcom game developer event during the recent online-only Gamescom show.

Layden is the former chairman of PlayStation Worldwide Studios and former president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America. He left Sony in 2019 after more than 30 years there, and he hopes his advice will help a variety of companies at an important time of the hazards of the pandemic as well as the opportunities of huge growth in the population of gamers.

Layden’s career started in 1987 in the corporate communications department as the assistant to Sony cofounder Akio ...


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