- Jan 8, 2003
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Atari? What the hell? Really?Sony announced today that Phil Harrison will be stepping down from his position as president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, effective February 29. No reasons for Harrison's departure were given, although GamesIndustry.biz reports via unnamed sources that he may be joining Infogrames, where he would spearhead Atari's push into the casual games market...
...While not necessarily related, it's worth noting that GamesIndustry.biz also reported from GDC last week that Harrison was publicly critical of Sony Japan for being too slow to embrace casual and social gaming, conceding that Nintendo has taken advantage of that market. "It's a very interesting and frustrating thing for me to experience because I have been banging the drum about social gaming for a long time, with SingStar, EyeToy and Buzz," Harrison said. "And our Japanese colleagues said that there is no such thing as social gaming in Japan -- people do not play games on the same sofa together in each other's homes. It will never happen. And then out comes the Wii."