Sony Computer Entertainment, Incorporated (SCEI) is a Japanese video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, mostly in video game consoles and is a full subsidiary of Sony Corporation that was established on November 16, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan.
SCEI handles the research & development, production, and sales of hardware and software for their PlayStation line of handheld and video game consoles. SCEI is also a developer and publisher of video games for their systems, and is comprised of several subsidiaries covering the company's biggest markets: America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. The original soundtracks of its game franchises are produced and distributed by Sony's Japanese distributive unit Aniplex.
The chairman and CEO of SCEI was Ken Kutaragi, who is also known as "The Father of the PlayStation". Kutaragi also served as President of SCEI until November 30, 2006 when the position was replaced by Kaz Hirai. On April 26, 2007 Sony announced that Kutaragi will retire from his executive position at SCEI effective June 19, 2007. Kaz Hirai's position, who was President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, is now held by Jack Tretton.
Currently based in Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan, it also has offices around the world such as in in the United States in Foster City, California, USA and a distribution center Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Also in Canada with offices and in distribution center in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario. In Australia, the offices are in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
In September 14, 2005 Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) was formed, and will be responsible for the global creative, technical and strategic direction setting of development and production of computer entertainment software for the PlayStation family. Shuhei Yoshida was named as president of SCE WWS on 16 May 2008. Yoshida took over from Kazuo Hirai, who was holder of the post after Phil Harrison (a former SCEE VP) left the company in early 2008.
SCEI subsidiary divisions includes Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA), Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd. (SCEE), and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. (SCEK). Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will be publishing Media Molecule's PlayStation 3 video game LittleBigPlanet.