Jim Ryan, the CEO of PlayStation, has been named by Variety as one of the top 500 “most influential business leaders shaping the global media industry”. The British born executive – who also featured in the 2020 and 2021 incarnations of the same list – is credited for completing the acquisition of Bungie, which will give Sony “live service ammo”.
Variety states: “The company has continued to make strategic investments, acquiring 14 per cent of FromSoftware and injecting $1 billion into Epic Games, and has also objected to the Activision Blizzard deal, which the FTC is now attempting to block. PS5 is still outselling Xbox Series X|S nearly two to one, but Xbox’s domain over subscriptions prompted Sony to overhaul PS Plus in June, offering a greater library of titles to gamers.”
Ryan is also acknowledged for spearheading the organisation’s freshly minted PS Productions division, which oversaw the release of the Uncharted movie in 2022, and is poised to launch HBO’s hotly anticipated The Last of Us adaptation later this month. And of course, the upcoming PSVR2 is also mentioned.
Jim isn’t the only PlayStation executive on the list, as PS Studios boss Hermen Hulst is also honoured. He’s recognised for Sony’s slate of award-winning exclusives in 2022, including God of War Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West, as well as for having the vision to diversify the firm’s portfolio, which will see it release its first live service and smartphone games later this year.