When Layden left Sony in 2019, he was chairman of the company’s worldwide studios group. On Monday, he said on LinkedIn that he wanted to help Tencent “deepen their activities” in the games industry.
Tencent is a Chinese company that has already invested in more than 800 companies. Based on market value, it is one of the largest companies in the world.
It owns Riot Games, which makes League of Legends, and has a 40% stake in Epic Games. It also has shares in Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Krafton, PlatinumGames, Marvelous Inc., and PUBG Studios’ parent company.
Layden said on Monday, “I’m excited to share that I’ve recently joined Tencent Games as a strategic advisor.
In this new role, I hope to give advice, help, and support to the Tencent team as they deepen their activities and commitments in the industry I’ve spent most of my career in.
“In the world of games and interactive entertainment, we are at a turning point. There are many ways to move forward, but only a few are deep, possible, inclusive, enlightening, inspiring, and/or long-lasting. Ithank excited to keep exploring, and I’m grateful to Tencent for giving me this chance.”
At PlayStation, Layden’s most recent role was as chairman of Worldwide Studios. He used to be president and CEO of PlayStation’s American operation. Since he started working for Sony in 1987, he has had many different jobs.