Industry veterans have paid tribute to UK PlayStation boss Ray Maguire who left the firm last week.
He has departed Sony Computer Entertainment UK having worked there for 17 years. Maguire has helped launch PSone, PS2, PS3 and PSP in the country during his time at the platform holder.
Maguire’s legacy at Sony goes beyond launching and establishing the PlayStation brand. He has also developed initiatives for GamesAid, was a keen supporter of BAFTA and even pushed to get PlayStations and PSPs used in schools as learning tools.
Wherever Ray Maguire ends up next, he’ll certainly be missed from the halls of SCE UK.
(Former SCEE president
“Ray is one of the cornerstones of PlayStation in Europe. His work ethic, ingenuity, professionalism and sense of fair play in business have been admirable throughout, and his passion for treating consumers and business partners with respect is unsurpassed.
“Ray’s business unit always delivered a disproportionately high profit relative to sales revenue. Ray knew how to enjoy work and make his division a fun place to work, despite the high level of commitment he demanded from his team and himself. Ray’s mark on the UK games industry is indelible.”
CentreSoft – Commercial Director
“Ray was one of the original team that launched PSone which really changed the shape of the industry and set a standard for which all new formats have aspired to. His legacy as part of the industry is there for all to see.
“With regards to CentreSoft, we have to acknowledge his loyalty, commitment and vision to distribution, in which again he set the standard. He will be greatly missed, and we would like to wish Ray all the very best for the future.”
Warner Bros – Head of Trade Marketing
(Former SCE UK trade marketing manager)
“Ray was the first senior manager to give me a voice in the corporate strategic planning process; he fully backed my PS3 retail plans and gave me the creative freedom for design and execution. He also introduced me to one of the best burger joints in the West End. Both were pivotal points in my career of which I’m eternally thankful. Cheers Ray!”
London Venture Partners
(Former SCE Worldwide Studios president)
“A little known fact about Ray is that he’s a fantastic drummer. If it hadn't been for the lure of the computer games industry he might have been the next Phil Collins.
“Ray deserves credit for building the PlayStation brand to incredible success in the UK in particular, but also building a great team around him. He kept the UK territory team an independent spirit within Sony and was supportive of UK creativity. Well done and congratulations to Ray on 17 years at the top of your game. Long may that continue.”
Bastion – MD
“There’s a general rule in business that nice men don’t run big companies, and they certainly don’t run successful companies. Ray proved that rule wrong, in style. Not only did he steer the good ship PlayStation with considerable aplomb, he also made significant contributions to ELSPA, UKIE, ESC and GamesAid. As the great, not quite late, Bruce Forsyth would say, ‘Didn’t he do well?’”
Natural Selection Group – Talent Acquisition
(Former SCE UK PR manager from 1993 to 1997)
“Ray’s focus and dedication to the growth of PlayStation was unwavering, from day one joining the then SEPL, which became SCE, to take on the launch of PlayStation.
“For the longest standing executive of SCE UK, it’s the end of a long and successful era. I think of our times at SCE fondly, and wish Ray well for his new adventure.”