Sony hires Greg Rice and Christian Svensson

Former Double Fine VP Greg Rice has joined Sony as its new global head of indie accounts.

“Very excited to announce I’m joining the amazing team at Sony Interactive Entertainment as the Global Head of Indie Accounts,” Rice tweeted. “I’ll be managing all independent developer and publisher accounts and building new initiatives to support indies big and small from all over the world.”

Double Fine’s business development VP, Greg Rice, announced he was leaving the company just months after it was acquired by Microsoft. Taking to his personal Twitter account, Rice confirmed that while he’d been at the studio for almost ten years in various roles, he was now moving on from leading the company’s publishing business, Double Fine Presents.

“Here’s something I never thought I’d say, yesterday was my last day at Double Fine,” Rice wrote on Twitter at the time. “It’s been a dream come true working with the world’s greatest human [Tim Schafer] and the crew of incredibly talented, caring, wonderful people he’s assembled at Double Fine for the last decade.

“I’m so proud of all the amazing things we’ve accomplished and really really sad to leave, but am comforted to be leaving them in a great spot with Psychonauts 2 looking amazing and the Microsoft sale ensuring many many more of the insanely creative games you’ve come to expect.”

In related news, former Capcom USA SVP, Christian Svensson, has also joined Sony as its new head of global portfolio. Though he’s yet to formally announce the move, Svensson has updated his Twitter and LinkedIn bios with details of his new position (thanks, GI.biz). 

Guerrilla’s Hermen Hulst was also recently appointed as Sony’s new head of worldwide studios (WWS), promotion that was “effective immediately” and sees him “manage and lead all game development across the 14 studios that form Worldwide Studios”. Former president WWS, Shuhei Yoshida, has left the position but remains in Sony to head up a “newly formed initiative that will focus on nurturing external independent creators”.

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