Phil Harrison quits Sony, plans to join Atari?

Phil Harrison

Hey what is up fellow members of Platform Nation and XBL Radio, this is Mr B4 here to give you the latest news from the gaming community. Yes, once again folks, I have yet another story coming from the world of Sony. 

If any of you have been following the updates from members of Platform Nation on Twitter, you might have noticed something that Chiahippo(Host of PSH Radio) posted about  Phil Harrison resigning from Sony today. From what I have found out, Harrison was the head of the company’s worldwide studios and has been instrumental in Playstation’s development for over 15 years. He also led SCE’s first party game development operations and aggressively pursued the development of new online entertainment experiences.

Kazuo Hirai, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, had this to say about Harrison’s Departure:

“As one of the founding members of SCE, Phil played a key role in the development and growth of the PlayStation business and our industry,” said Hirai. “It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very best of luck in his future endeavors.”

And here is what Mr. Harrison himself had to say about his recent decision:

“The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far,” said Harrison. “I am grateful to all the PlayStation family for their incredible support, guidance and friendship. It has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a daily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can.”

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Now, for those of you who do not know, there has been a rumor circling around that Harrison will now be joining Atari. Well, according to, this was the reason that Harrison left Sony. Apparently he was frustrated with Sony Japan’s lack of  foresight on the casual games front, and will now be joining David Gardner and spearhead Atari’s push into the casual space.

Now to be honest with you, I am confused about this announcement for certain reasons. The main reason I am confused about this was that I remember there being a news story about Atari’s CEO leaving te company because they are going bankrupt. If this is true, however,  do you think that Harrison will be able to help Gardner keep Atari in buisness, or is this company doomed to fail no matter what help they get?

Either way, you make the call gamers.

Until next time, this is B4 signing off,

Take Care,


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