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PlayStation Close to 8,000 Employees: “We Have a Lot of Fun in What We Do;” Proud of Cultural Diversity

by on July 12, 2014 4:17 PM 83

During a keynote held earlier this week at the Develop Conference PS4 Lead Architect Mark Cerny and Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House had a pleasant chat about their respective work styles, that also included some interesting details about SCEI itself.

Cerny (who is an independent consultant and isn’t actually employed by Sony) mentioned that the relationship between him and the house of PlayStation is “a little strange” even because he and House have extremely different work styles. In fact, as House mentioned, Sony Computer Entertainment is coming close to 8,000 Employees in over fifty countries. On the other hand Cerny seems to prefer his own style:

I have the perfect number of employees, which is zero. You should try it some time Andy. It works well.

House then explained that he’s a huge believer in complementary skill sets, and in having a management policy that understand each party’s core competence and has respect for that. He feels that that kind of approach does exist within Sony, where what people do within their area of expertise is always respected. He mentioned that his favorite management movie is “The Damned United,” which embodies that concept well, as it’s about two complementary skill sets interacting with each other, and when mutual respect isn’t there it all goes awry.

Another important thing he mentioned is is that they have a lot of fun in what they do. There’s a lot of very strong debate in meetings, but there’s “quite a lot of laughter as well.” He feels that humor and building camaraderie in a team is often an underestimated management tool.

House is very proud of the cross-cultural nature of SCEI. It’s reflected in its regional operations and there’s a diversity of cultural backgrounds and skill sets that hopefully will help Sony to embrace the future in a flexible manner.

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  • http://eternalgamers.boards.net/ SkinnyAssGamer

    B-B-B-But xbox fans told me Sony was broke and couldn’t afford to hire anyone. XD

    anyway: Long Live PlayStation

    • Shawn

      you sony kids are pathetic if you think about it 8000 employees ain’t shit for a company that big espically thats in 50 countries…

      • Redinferno124

        Right on schedule, I knew someone was gonna take the bait.

        • Neco The Sergal

          No worries, more xbox drones will show up pretending their perceptions are flawless and self-righteous as they fight the big evil mega-corporation of ‘Sony Pony Ranch’.

          Cause Sony is Teh Evil and they’re the anoonumoose. They dont forget and dont remember and don’t regret.

          • Redinferno124

            Sony is like the Umbrella Corporation while MS is like Tricell.

            Pick your evil. You’re damned either way.

          • Neco The Sergal

            What’s Nintendo within that analogy? :P Certainly not STARS.

          • Redinferno124

            Not sure, they really don’t count cause they are smart and stay out of it.

          • Neco The Sergal

            They are on their own race, for better or for worse. Though they seem to be having a case of identity crisis.

        • http://www.sony.com Based Sony

          Yep, shame the Xbots think that the Sony fanboys are that low that they’d troll so stupidly.

          All we do is bait them, since it’s good fun. We love all gaming communities, as long as they’re the most based.

      • CervantesPR

        Pretty embarasing for a company that is as big as microsoft that only launched in 13 countries lol
        Stop being butthurt lol 9 million PS4 sold compares to 4.7 million xbox one sold lol

        • Syn IsterV

          CervantesPR1 what’s up mah good man…..it’s Syn IsterV son!!!! U tell dat Xbot!!!!

          • CervantesPR

            Do i know you O_o? Are you one of my subs? Friend on psn?

          • Syn IsterV

            Youtube bro…..I am a sub

          • CervantesPR

            cool man lol dont feel bad man thanks for your support! i will have video soon, curently making one.

        • Not_true

          It’s more like 8.5 million to 4.7 million.

      • Brian Murphy

        Yeah, except SCE* isn’t a company, it’s a division inside Sony. Sony, as a whole, employs roughly 146,000 people. Conversely, Microsoft employs roughly 94,000 people. How stupid can you be, really?

        • Jecht_Sin

          Burn!!! lol

          • Brian Murphy

            It amazes me what people will commit to typing, on the internet, without actually using the internet to research their claims. At no point in human history has information been so easy to obtain as right now. And yet, we continuously have bottom feeding mollusks who refuse to educate themselves.

          • Redinferno124

            It’s more fun to pretend that Master Chief runs MS and can press a button to nuke Sony HQ at anytime.

            I agree though, why do research when you can just make crap up and people will believe it?

          • Brian Murphy

            It’s silly, because there’s actual discussion we could be having, pertinent to the industry and yet we have to waste so much time teaching children how to use a technology they themselves should know more about than me.

          • Redinferno124

            I read this stuff for entertainment, although I admit I get caught up in it sometimes.

            No actual educational value 96% of the time.

          • Brian Murphy

            Oh it’s definitely entertaining to a point, especially when you see someone blatantly overlooking the facts being presented, and using that as some bullet point in a ‘war’ that none of us are likely financially vested in.

          • Redinferno124

            Yep. The best part is I can look at this stuff while catching bugs in One Piece Unlimited World Red. That way I never get bored!

          • Jecht_Sin

            There is worse. It was in the news today that Steven Spielberg was accused of been a murderer, to perpetrate cruelty to animals in the comment section of a picture of him with a dead.. dinosaur!! From Jurassic park.

            My faith on humanity today really went under my shoes. I wonder if they are the same people buying the Xbone, though. ^_^

          • Brian Murphy
          • Jecht_Sin

            What? I am missing something. o.0

          • Brian Murphy

            Haha, it was a South Park episode, part of the plot had to do with Indiana Jones 4. There were numerous scenes where Lucas and Spielberg quite literally raped Indiana Jones.

          • Jecht_Sin

            Ah, ok. I don’t follow South park. it never clicked on me. :)

          • Brian Murphy

            Hah, sweet, that makes any picture someone posts from South Park make you do a double take. lol. Last thing you expected, I’m sure, was that picture heh.

          • Redinferno124

            Steven and Lucas going back and ruining their old movies, hence implied raping of Indiana Jones.

          • Redinferno124

            Love this episode!

          • Redinferno124

            WTF did I just read?

          • Jecht_Sin

            He posted a picture with a (obviously fake) dead dinosaur and the internet, mother of all idiots went banana accusing him of the worst crimes against animals.

          • Redinferno124

            Are you serious? I want to cry for humanity. He just proved the majority of the human race is dumber than Simple Jack.

          • Jecht_Sin

            I don’t know. It was on the television news. So take it with a grain of salt. Never fully trust journalists either!!

            Still it should be easily googled. Let’s see..

          • Jecht_Sin
          • Redinferno124
          • superkarma

            As soon as I read your comment, this is what came to mind:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMlJvq8oRVA

            :)

          • Jecht_Sin

            And let’s not forget: 1993 technology!!!

          • Sucka Free

            Hadn’t heard about that, had to Google it, I couldn’t tell if even the responses to that weren’t trolling too. Ridiculous

          • Jecht_Sin

            Oh, trust me. I do believe some of them were real. They go hand to hand with people believing the man has never been to the Moon, and that Adam and Eve were the first (and only) 2 human beings. Hopefully the latter didn’t play the AC “trilogy”. Who knows what they would make out of it!

          • Sucka Free

            Oh, no doubt a few of them were real but I guess the bit about him also killing the shark was too much for them. Can’t believe that’s what it took for them to start smelling the rat

          • Not_true

            That’s typical of ignorant, hateful, constantly wrong fanboys.

        • *Travis*

          Ha! he didn’t reply to this!……

          • Brian Murphy

            He’s probably too busy trying to remove the palm imprint from his face.

      • http://eternalgamers.boards.net/ SkinnyAssGamer

        lmao you got owned by @disqus_TCdMDykuCs:disqus what are you going to do now? Cry in the corner or continue to spew bullshit Mr.Shawn? XD

  • Solid Snake

    PlayStation Nation for life!

  • Wargreymon559 .

    THIS IS A LIE!!!!!XBOTS TOLD ME SONY CANT KEEP PAYING THEM.

  • RealityCheck2013

    Just watched the full video on YouTube and it was really interesting ;) PlayStation4LiFE;)

  • Redinferno124

    Waiting for someone to write a wall of text explaining how Sony is going broke and will be out of business by next year by while providing “evidence” of their claims which later fall apart under intense scrutiny for which that person, once backed into a corner, we reply by stating everyone is afraid of the truth and how he’s not a fanboy and owns both consoles and plays on PC #PCMasterRace

    Honestly you guys, this how the troll comments always play out. It’s like the template of trolling. Someone writes a troll comment on an article talking about a console they don’t own (most of the time it’s PS4 or X1), then they wait for the fanboys swarm in and attack. They will then proceed to say that X game is better than X game because of X sales.

    I’m sorry Xbox community, but the majority of you are just as terrible as a majority of the PS community. Both sides always try to one up the other and use absurd reasoning to get their point across.

    If you all have time to complain on an internet form, you have time to make me dinner.

    • MTM2

      Sony have been ‘doomed’ since 2006 apparently, but here we are 3 consoles later.

      • Redinferno124

        Yeah, although I thought it was around the PS2 era. It’s like people who keep saying Nintendo is doomed even though they always bounce back.

        • http://www.sony.com Based Sony

          Yeah, but M$ is really doomed.
          The XB1 is going to be the biggest flop to ever flop.

    • Sly Cooper

      I remember seeing most of these playstation fanboys as former xbox fans. As if they don’t call out crap to the company they are loyal to rather they just jump on board to the upper tier deck. The playstation *fanbase* has increased after the DRM fiasco, but ask them a trivia question about Playstation. I’m pretty sure majority of them wouldn’t know the answer yet the consider themselves HARDCORE fans.

      • Redinferno124

        If you are hardcore fans, you would support them through good and bad times. Those who are abandoning Bungie because of simple business were never true bungie fans, they were just Halo fans. True Bungie fans will go where Bungie is. Many forget that They made other stuff before Halo, but this is completely off topic.

        In short, people are giant hypocrites.

        • Sly Cooper

          agreed

    • Not_true

      In my experience the ms fanboys are more consistently ignorant and wrong about anything they claim or predict, and more frequently make up delusional conspiracy theories.

      • http://www.sony.com Based Sony

        Yep, unlike the most based of fanboys.

    • http://www.sony.com Based Sony

      I bet the Xbots were just waiting to troll this article (like they do everywhere, playing the victim card, unlike us true based), but you really scared them off!
      Hopefully now that you put them in there place at the bottom they’ll back off.

    • GotNews4Ya

      yeah, I had a guy list out all 33 xbox exclusives that have launched or will launch soon (2015).

      He listed Indies.. and Included silly / misinformed / uninformed game titles like “Plant vs Zombies: Garden Warfare” as an exclusive to Xbox.. Also he decided to throw in all them Kinect Titles.. It was quite the epic post.. and my reply?

      96 Exclusive Titles coming out for the PS4, and I left out some of the one’s we had heard nothing about.. and asked him if we should count OutLast and Contrast as Sony Exclusives, since he counted Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warefare. I have yet to get a response.

    • Georges

      yea true thing about trolls,constant whiner and fanboy warriors but the gaming community comments on internet has nothing to do with the silent majority (of the few following gaming news) that probably doent even bother reading comments.

    • DemonFenton

      You forgot to add the downgrade “experts” , the money “experts”, the multi-plats aren’t games “experts” and many more fools who wants to look cool on the internet so they can brag to their buddies in school. I’m an a-hole at times still at least I tend to keep myself in check. I blame the rise of social media not the rise of the internet on consoles. There were fools back in those early internet days too but not like this. Still I get an kick out of em when I mess em for my own amusement. Those people who think they know about gaming never really been with em since the start of the original Playstation or even better the start of the 8-bit era/Atari era.

  • MTM2

    Would anybody else like to see custom start-ups on the PS4? I’d love to turn on my PS4 and get greeted with this, chills.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31ivdML1Xes

    • Redinferno124

      Is that modded?

      • superkarma

        That’s just the original boot up for the PS1. It’s not actually running on a PS4. Someone just “remastered” it for the 1080p glory :)

        I’d love to see that on my PS4. Brings back some awesome memories.

    • Sucka Free

      Yeah, I remember we were all hoping for this before the PS4 launch, some kind of rumor was flying around at the time

    • DemonFenton

      I would love that start up on my PS4 as well. Oh well at least Youtube form is good enough.

  • Guywithbrains

    I have been always Sony fan. My first gaming console was PS1 and I played a lot of Crash Bandicoot with it. After that I bought PS2, then PS3 and finally I have PS4.

    Now, people may claim that I am one of the true Sony fanboys. Yes, I love Sony, I think that it has offered me much more than Microsoft has. Still, I have never tried to troll Microsoft fans or tell them how bad Microsoft is. Microsoft is good company, but lately it has gone worse, which is a fact. But do we really need to fight over such a little things like which game is better or which gaming console is better? I think that it is not really a good idea, because it doesn’t lead to anything but to endless fights.

    These are opinions. I like Sony’s exclusives and PSN more than Microsoft’s ones. Still I think that Microsoft has a lot to offer to it’s fans, specially in the near future. In the recent years it has just been sci-fi shooters like Halo or Gears of War. Still Microsoft is really trying to please their fans and they are doing good job. For example by dropping their console’s price.

    But what I saw from E3 this year, it is going to be a fantastic year to every gamer – no matter which console you choose.

    • Redinferno124

      Yes, it will be an amazing next few months. I just got this new One Piece game for PS3 a few days ago and it’s absurdly fun if you’re a huge fan of the manga and anime.

      • Guywithbrains

        I am mainly playing with my PS4 and really waiting for Fall! I don’t know how my wallet is going to survive this Fall. :)

        • Redinferno124

          Yeah October is bloated. It’s mainly just Destiny and KH 2.5 in December for me.

          • Guywithbrains

            Well I am waiting for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and Assassin’s Creed Unity.. and then PS+ subscription of course.

            Please note: I like Call of Duty, these haters coming soon to call me names doesn’t need to. ;)

          • Redinferno124

            It’s fine if it is actually new this time. Better be impressive for have a 3 year dev cycle.

          • Guywithbrains

            It looks enough impressive to me. I am easily entertained. I liked MW3 and Ghosts, which ones many players hate the most. xD

            Now I have to get some sleep —>

          • Redinferno124

            Mostly because people finally realized they were buying the same game for 8 years.

    • Not_true

      All 3 consoles have good games and have their plusses and minuses. It’s only rabid fanboys mindlessly trashing one or the other.

  • Mikail

    So Mark Cerny have 0 employees equal to Playstation Division Employe 8000, so if Mark Cerny + Playstation Employe = Infinite Power of PlayStation :D

    • Jecht_Sin

      I am not really sure about what I have just read but I upvoted you anyway!

      • Mikail

        Its actually my response to Mark Cerney comment :”I have the perfect number of employees, which is zero. You should try it some time Andy. It works well.” So my guess is that how unbelievable Mark Cerney with 0 employees able to design PlayStation, and now if they combine the power of Mark Cerny with the power of PlayStation division, PlayStation will have an infinite power lol

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    I have the perfect number of employees, which is zero. You should try it some time Andy. It works well.-Mark Cerny

    LOL That’s funny.

  • Why So Serious?

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