PlayStation understands that the industry is dynamic, and part of the game is to adapt or die. Hence, they are already working on a plan for the development of a line of games as a service in search of finding success in the sector, something they haven't quite achieved despite some attempts. They are also considering a future where the most successful third-party IP for their platforms, Call of Duty, becomes a Microsoft product. Just as there is movement within studios for this purpose, there are also changes happening at the executive level, and a recent surprise has been revealed.
Evan Dowdell, former Microsoft executive, joins PlayStation for their games as a service
According to information from Twitter user "Zuby-Tech," Evan Dowdell joined the ranks of Sony Interactive Entertainment this month as a Finance and Business Manager for the division, with a focus on their games-as-a-service proposition. This news has generated discussion, as just a month ago, this executive was part of Xbox Game Studios, having been associated with Microsoft for the past 5 years.
Who is Evan Dowdell, the executive who transitioned from Microsoft to PlayStation?
According to Evan Dowdell's LinkedIn profile, he joined Xbox Game Studios as a Finance Manager in August 2018. Throughout this time, he was responsible for that area and for business-related matters within Microsoft's first-party division. In terms of his specific roles, from 2020 to 2022, he oversaw the finances and business aspects of Minecraft, one of Xbox's most successful and profitable franchises.
So far, PlayStation has confirmed that their plans for games as a service are in the hands of Bungie, a company that not only works on their own titles, but also reviews projects from studios with propositions in that direction. In this regard, it has been revealed that the Destiny company reviewed and influenced Naughty Dog to reverse their decision regarding the multiplayer component of The Last of Us: Part II, a project that has significantly altered its development.
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