Ex-PlayStation Spokesman: ‘Question The Priorities Of The Company As A Whole’

Ex-PlayStation Spokesman: ‘Question The Priorities Of The Company As A Whole’

An ex-Sony PR representative has slammed his former company following a recent round of layoffs that left him out of work late last week.

It’s hardly unusual for laid-off staffers to harbor ill will toward their former employers, but ex-PlayStation PR Will Powers voiced some striking criticism on Twitter this afternoon. He had harsh words for Sony, PlayStation, and many of the company’s recent decisions.

“You have to wonder what the hell PlayStation was thinking laying off more than half of their software PR team going into the holiday season,” Powers wrote. “In typical fashion they’re sending titles out to die, because they have no PR support — [Little Big Planet Karting], Sports Champions 2, Wonderbook.

“Worst part it, the PR department was already under-staffed. I feel sorry for those that remain there, because their workload just doubled.”

Powers, best known as the winner of season 1 of The Tester, Sony’s reality show, also said scathing things about Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld.

“That being said, you have to question the priorities of the company as a whole – What the point of AdHoc multiplayer when no one has a Vita?”

In an earlier exchange, Powers wrote that “[Sony’s] [priorities] aren’t what they used to be. They’ve definitely [lost] touch with their audience.”

Here’s the full Twitter rant:

Photo: PlayStation Blog


  • Hopefully the staff they were able to keep on have a more professional attitude then Will. Understandably he has some sour feelings after being let go, but obviously you don’t post that stuff on twitter. I do commend him for not doing it anonymously though.

    • He’s laid off, why does he have to stay “professional?? That’s a pretty silly idea.
      If they’d have treated him better then maybe he wouldn’t be speaking out. It’s their responsibility to care for their workers so they don’t behave this way. He’s not paid by them anymore, he can do what he likes and he should!

      • Because, now that he’s laid off, he’s going to have to find another job. When potential employers do a simple Google search for his name, what are they going to find? This story. They’ll then wonder if they want to hire somebody who might start publicly bagging them if/when he gets laid off again in the future. Who are they going to hire? The guy who publicly blasted his previous employer? Or the guy who didn’t?

      • It depends on whether he wants another job in the same field or not. People won’t be keen to give him a chance if they think he’s going to give them both barrels if he’s ever let go again.

        • If he doesn’t want a job in the industry again, (Games or any other sort of PR) then he can say what he want. But as Braaains pointed out, it would effect his chances at landing a future job.

          I understand he was a winner of a reality TV show, but what does that have to do with choosing to be anonymous. Being anonymous is as simple as creating a twitter handle like @veracious_shit and never stating your name.

  • Lay them off, they were all so useless, if being ‘understaffed’ was the real reason we haven’t seen any big PR campaign in the last 6 years then one might look at the kick starter folks who make a splash out of nothing.

    • Kickstarter isn’t a good comparison at all- when you’re stuck within a company your hands are tied by the sorts of things they’ll let you do. With Kickstarter you can do what you like but you’re also more desperate to attract an audience and also less likely to deliver the goods you claim.

      • Doubt it, in my experience seeing it first hand, the marketing departments across pretty all companies are very free to determine how they want to present an idea, of course things have to be approved by senior management, but given that they are asking for the expertise in the area in the first place any changes to a campaign would be mostly related to funding or if it needs to be toned down.

        And it’s exactly why Kickstarteris a good example, you see people ustilising social media effectively and communicating to potential customers and taking comments seriously. In the world of business we call these lead KPIs, people get payed big bucks to figure it out .

  • Maybe Sony/Playstation shouldn’t hire people via a game show. Seriously no amount of PR can sell Sports Champions 2 or Wonderbook.

  • Like I said, Sony are done.
    Before the Playstation they were just another random electronics company, although they had the Walkman as their star product.

    Some of Sony’s problems today are:
    *Overpriced and under-featured TVs.
    *A failing handheld, the original of which wasn’t a good idea to begin with, except maybe inside Japan.
    *A nothing-special line of android phones all called Xperia.
    *Mistakenly not dropping the price of the PS3
    *Some multi platform games suffering from being inferior to the PC/Xbox version due to being more complex to run on the PS3.
    *Laying off staff left right and center.
    *A failed new model walkman that the market has no interest in (Walkman Z).

    I was with Sony for the PS1 and PS2, and I enjoyed them destroying the Saturn, N64 and Dreamcast, and general supremacy over the 1st Xbox. However, although I am the loyal type, I’m not going to defend and support a company when it loses it’s way.

    • I don’t think they’re ‘done’ but you raise a lot of good points. Simply because of their market penetration in Japan. NOONE buys xbox there, they all go Sony. That millions of consoles sold. So they’re still making money.

      But yeah, I have a PS3 and honestly, I wont’ buy a PS4. It’s a great machine but the company sucks. I had to call tech support once. I’ve never been told to bugger off by a company I was a customer of, quite like that before.

      Never again. Plus a lot of games run better on xbox for no real reason. That alone is enough for a gamer to make a decision by.

      • Yea I know I’d totally base my decision to not buy a console on how rude a tech support guy was, not on the actual lifespan or their products, not because they don’t overheat within 1 year or because they charge money for multiplayer and less online features than their competitor.

        • Exactly, we as completely rational human beings always judge our purchases based on completely non-value adding features such as the man on the other side of the phone.

    • Actually I quite like Sony Bravia TVs and their pixel doubling engines. They’re quite nice and crisp and well worth the extra $200. I like their phones too because iphones are freaking terrible.
      I think they’ll be fine. Quit having an emo. You don’t want to be like this guy on twitter having a bitch fest because he was considered useless. That reality TV fame can only take you so far lol

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