236w ago - Last year Atari hired former Sony Worldwide Studios boss Phil Harrison to serve as President. Now? Now he's no longer President.
According to a statement made by Atari as part of the company's fiscal year report:
Because of a shift of business operations to the US, Phil Harrison will move from the role of President to that of non-executive Director of the Group. As all Board members, he will continue to assist, support and guide the Company's strategy.
He's still sticking around, sure, but the whole "non-executive" thing makes his new job title sound awfully ceremonial.
Which, if correct, is a shame for Atari, since Harrison is one of the most well-known and successful public faces a company can hope for in this business.
No word yet on what this move means for both Atari and Harrison, along with who, exactly, will be replacing him (the company's report does not specifically name a replacement).
283w ago - Sony is apparently working on touch screen devices with gaming firmly in mind. One such device, according to the EETimes site is named Phil Harrison.
From our past news, according to the US Patent Office a patent referenced to 20080150911 refers to a "A hand-held electronic device..."
The inventor is stated as Phil Harrison... can't be the same Phil as the one who has recently departed Sony for Infogrames/Atari? Can it?
"The device may comprise a case case having one or more major surfaces; a touch screen disposed on one of the major surfaces, the touch screen; a processor operably coupled to the touch screen; and one or more tactile pixels disposed proximate the touch screen."
Section of the USPO's page mentions, "22. The method of claim 19 wherein the user input to the touch screen corresponds to user input to a video game."
Section 23 refers to, "23. The method of claim 22 wherein the predetermined state reflects a change in state of the video game or one or more particular game events.
Also included in the patent are references to 'gesture'...
300w ago - Former Sony exec Phil Harrison has landed a new gig as President and 'Directeur General Delegue' of Atari's parent company, Infogrames.
Reporting to CEO David Gardner, Phil joins Infogrames' Board of Directors and will oversee the studios and coordinate content development for the company.
Press Release: PHIL HARRISON APPOINTED PRESIDENT (DIRECTEUR GENERAL DELEGUE) AT INFOGRAMES AND JOINS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Former President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, with World Class Gaming Expertise Joins Infogrames to Lead Group Publishing and Game Development into the Network Era
Lyon - France, March 3, 2008 - Infogrames Entertainment announces today the appointment of Phil Harrison as President and Directeur General Delegue of Infogrames Entertainment, reporting to David Gardner. Phil Harrison also joins the Board of Directors
With the recent appointment of David Gardner as CEO, Phil and David will together form the basis of a transformational leadership team at Infogrames that will grow the Atari brand into a leading online game company. Phil Harrison will oversee the Studios and content development for the group.
Phil will be in charge of boosting the Group's publishing activities, notably through reinforcing its franchise portfolio...
302w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison will be resigning from his post on February 29th, with SCEI president and group CEO Kazuo Hirai assuming his responsibilities on top of his current duties.
Sony notes that Harrison has been with Sony since before the launch of the original PlayStation after joining Sony Electronics Publishing in 1992. The company says he has "made a tremendous contribution to the company playing a strategic role in the launch of four PlayStation platforms," and was key in building relationships with other developers and publishers.
No reason for his departure was given, with Harrison himself saying simply that "the past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far," and that "I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can."
Added Hirai, "As one of the founding members of SCE, Phil played a key role in the development and growth of the PlayStation business and our industry. It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very best of luck in his future endeavors."
324w ago - On the fourth floor of Sony's Japanese offices in the posh district of Minato-ku, the PlayStation 3-maker held a party Wednesday night to show off 30 of the PS3's upcoming games to an audience of international journalists.
The company remained tight-lipped about what to expect in tomorrow's Sony Computer Entertainment keynote, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Tokyo time on Thursday (2:30 a.m. BST Thursday, 6:30 p.m. PDT Wednesday). However, speculation is widespread that SCEI CEO Kaz Hirai will use his presentation to unveil a rumble-enabled Dual Shock 3 for the PS3, amongst other announcements.
At tonight's event, though, the atmosphere was informal. Informal enough, in fact, for GameSpot to corner Sony Worldwide Studios president and World's #1 MotorStorm fan Phil Harrison over a cold drink. He politely discussed the constant comparisons of the PS3 and Wii, and how Sony plans to move on from the negative press the company has attracted over its latest console's bumpy ride at retail.
GameSpot UK: So can you talk to us about what's going to be announced during Kaz Hirai's keynote tomorrow?
Phil Harrison: No. And I wouldn't remember anyway. [Laughs]
GSUK: We keep seeing stories from Japan about the Wii outselling...