Nintendo: Everlasting Gaming IP

Former Chairman and President at Sony Computer Entertainment

Why is this interview interesting?

  • Evolution of gaming from cartridges to CD-ROM, DVD, and now cloud gaming
  • Importance of first-party content for console owners
  • How gaming is a media deeply intertwined with the evolution of technology and implications on value creation
  • Why Nintendo’s intellectual property is so powerful and eternal
  • Risks to narrative-based IP versus no-IP types like Fortnite or Roblox
  • Economics of AAA publishing and importance of cross-play
  • Outlook on the value of gaming intellectual property and risks to certain franchises

Executive Bio

Shawn Layden

Former Chairman and President at Sony Computer Entertainment

Shawn has over 32 years of experience in the gaming industry and joined Sony in 1987 working directly for the Sony Founder Akio Morita. Shawn made his way up the ranks at Sony before joining Sony Computer Entertainment in 1996 as the group had just launched PlayStation 1 the prior year. He enjoyed senior positions running the businesses in Japan and Europe before becoming Chairman and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios where he was responsible for driving first-party content to differentiate the PlayStation platform. Shawn played a key role in launching and running the PlayStation consoles over the last 20 years and is a well-regarded executive in the gaming industry. Read more

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