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OnLive Shutting Down

APRIL 3, 2015 • OnLive Inc., the ailing cloud-based subscription game streaming service that turned heads back in 2009, is going out with a whimper. The service is ceasing operations on April 30, with Sony Computer Ent. acquiring the company’s portfolio of 140 U.S. and international patents. How much Sony paid for the patents was […]

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Sony Unloads SOE

FEB. 2, 2015 • With a projected ¥230 billion ($2 billion) loss looming for the fiscal year ending March 31, Sony Corporation has sold its Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) business to Columbus Nova. Financial terms were not disclosed. In December 2010, Columbus Nova set up Harmonix-SBE Holdings to acquire Harmonix Music Systems from Viacom Inc. […]

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Sony’s Sweet & Sour 2014

MARCH 4, 2015 • Sony Computer Ent. has announced another PlayStation 4 sales milestone after a week of major layoff announcements corporation-wide. The PS4 has attained 6 million units sold worldwide since its November launch through March 2, with 370,000 of that number sold in Japan since February 22. With 30 titles available for the […]


SCEA Talks PS4 Success

FEB. 18, 2014 • DFC Intelligence analyst Jeremy Miller attended Sony Computer Entertainment of America’s 2014 Preview event in Santa Monica on February 10. Sony PlayStation vice president of marketing John Koller opened the event with updates and stats on the PlayStation business. Following these remarks Sony provided hands-on demos to upcoming PS Vita, PSN […]

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Vita Targets Slashed

FEB. 7, 2013 • For the quarter ending Dec. 31, Sony turned in an operating profit of ¥46.4 billion ($495.7 million) compared to a ¥91.7 billion loss ($979.6 million) for the same period a year ago. Television sales were still a drag on the company, however, with the television unit posting its eighth straight quarterly […]


PS2 Production Ends

JAN. 4, 2013 • On Dec. 28, Famitsu reported that Sony Computer Entertainment had ceased shipping PlayStation 2s to Japanese retailers. All existing inventory in-channel would be sold off until no more remained. No other territories were mentioned in the report, and Sony has remained mum on further details. Today, The Guardian in the U.K. […]

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Sony Posts $6.4 Billion Loss

APRIL 10, 2012 ● Sony Corp. announced an annual net loss of $6.4 billion, which means its investors have not seen a profit in four years. The company said sales of TVs were down almost 30%, with sales of home audio, video and digital imaging devices also down. Sony plans to lay off 10,000 of […]


Peter Dille Hired by Tapjoy

SEPT. 7, 2011 • Mobile monetization firm Tapjoy has hired former Sony Computer Entertainment America executive Peter Dille as its chief marketing officer. More than 10,000 apps feature Tapjoy’s service that inserts ads into iOS and Android gameplay. Dille was a senior VP  at SCEA before leaving in March. Impact: This is the sign of […]


SCEA Moves Ahead

JUNE 1 , 2011 • In early April, before PlayStation Network security was breached and the personal data of more than 100 million user accounts was compromised, Sony Computer Entertainment of America held an analyst-only event at its Foster City, Calif. campus. The event was headed by SCEA chief executive Jack Tretton with an upbeat […]


SCEA Tries PSP Go Promo

JUNE 2, 2010 • Concerned about the rate of adoption of its $250 PSP Go handheld, Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) will give new owners three free games for PSP Gos purchased until March 31, 2011. The titles are: LittleBigPlanet, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, and SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3. Impact:  […]