MCV understands that Jowett has resigned to pursue new opportunities outside of the games industry and has left the company immediately, due to confidentiality issues.
The news will undoubtedly be seen as a blow to Sony – and may disrupt sensitive negotiations that are already underway with retailers over the launch of PS3. His departure has already shocked senior execs on the UK High Street, with one leading games buyer telling MCV: “The timing is absolutely incredible.
“Kevin is going just as Sony is talking to everyone about terms and arranging pre-orders and in-store marketing campaigns.
“Obviously, Sony is a big organisation and there will be people there who can fill Kevin’s position. But this can’t be helpful to them.”
SCE UK MD Ray Maguire confirmed Jowett’s resignation, offering: “We wish Kevin all the best in his future endeavours.”