Sony Loses Developer Relations Manager DeLoura

Jan 9, 2005
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The former editor-in-chief of Game Developer magazine and lead development support engineer at Nintendo of America is now technical director for Ubisoft North America in San Francisco, and is responsible for ensuring the technical quality of all third-party developed titles published by Ubisoft in North America.
I wonder when he left NoA.. He certainly knows an opportune time to jump ship.
 

Maximilian E.

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I thought this was relativly old news.. ;)

His blog:
http://www.satori.org/2006/07/last_day_at_sony.html

And a reaction from a Microsoftie..
Title pretty much says it all, but Mark DeLoura, Manager of Developer Relations at Sony is leaving after five years at the job. I've met Mark many times and shared some good-natured jibes and drinks with him, and I have to say this is a huge loss for Sony. Mark was one of the best in developer relations, very well respected in the industry, and was instrumental in trying to get Sony Corporate to take developer support seriously. (Although I like to think Mark was following the example our Game Technology Group sets.) ;)

I do have to wonder how much of Sony's flailing was a part of this decision, but I guess we'll never really know since Mark is too much of a professional to kiss and tell. My guess is that it had to be at least part of the decision, though.
http://ozymandias.com/archive/2006/...nager-of-Developer-Relations-leaves-Sony.aspx
 
May 6, 2006
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BenjaminBirdie said:
I don't see how losing a skilled and possibly respected Developer Relations Manager could possibly have a negative impact on the PS3 or the pedigree of games coming to their console.
That's the spirit! Keep thinking positive!
 
Jun 11, 2004
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The article said he went to UbiSoft. Maybe he wanted to be one of the first people to experience the innovation of Rayman Wii. :)
 

Gek54

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Have we ever seen a company lose such high profile employees so close to a console's launch? Both PR and Dev relations since E3? Could it be a worse time?
 

DaCocoBrova

Finally bought a new PSP, but then pushed the demon onto someone else. Jesus.
Jun 9, 2004
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This whole Sony/PS3 saga is very entertaining. Can't wait to see how it all ends. There's virtually no good PS3 news...at all. Amazingly ironic.
 
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Gek54 said:
Have we ever seen a company lose such high profile employees so close to a console's launch? Both PR and Dev relations since E3? Could it be a worse time?
That's pretty ironic (or self fulfilling I guess) considering the amount of people who were calling for heads to roll on the back of Sony's woeful E3 presentation. So now they're falling, and what - it's suddenly shocking?
 

Y2Kev

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It's a bad loss, but does it necessarily mean something is wrong? I mean...that's a nice job opportunity he took. People jump ship all the time. The only other jump I can remember is that Molly woman that left after Sony's E3 PR disaster.

Mmmkay said:
That's pretty ironic (or self fulfilling I guess) considering the amount of people who were calling for heads to roll on the back of Sony's woeful E3 presentation. So now they're falling, and what - it's suddenly shocking?
Also, to what extent does the lack of lots of AAA titles on the PSP have to do with this guy?
 

gofreak

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De Loura leaving has nothing to do with Sony's E3 presentation, I am sure :lol

There's always a certain amount of turnover at any company. It's very difficult to tell if there's any unusual significance to De Loura's departure. Certainly it doesn't look like it was abrupt/unplanned, nor that he was leaving for unhappy reasons. But Sony is under a microscope at the moment, so people will speculate.
 

Lord Error

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Gek54 said:
Have we ever seen a company lose such high profile employees so close to a console's launch? Both PR and Dev relations since E3? Could it be a worse time?
Xbox team lost some pretty key people too, from the very core of the team. I have no idea how much it hurt them in the end, but I'm guessing not much.
 
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Y2Kevbug11 said:
It's a bad loss, but does it necessarily mean something is wrong? I mean...that's a nice job opportunity he took. People jump ship all the time. The only other jump I can remember is that Molly woman that left after Sony's E3 PR disaster.
Losing two key Public and Developer relations staff members in the period between a terrible E3 showing and the biggest hardware launch in the companies history should surely set off some kind of alarm somewhere.
 
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Francias Castiglione said:
Losing two key Public and Developer relations staff members in the period between a terrible E3 showing and the biggest hardware launch in the companies history should surely set off some kind of alarm somewhere.
Indeed, do you have some information? What do your sources tell you?
 
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Francias Castiglione said:
Losing two key Public and Developer relations staff members in the period between a terrible E3 showing and the biggest hardware launch in the companies history should surely set off some kind of alarm somewhere.
Over-analyze much? And Sony's E3 showing was pretty good. It was the pre-E3 conference that sucked.
 
Jul 3, 2006
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SolidSnakex said:
No Sony fan should want Ken to leave. He talks crazy sometimes (well often) but his ambitious is why the PS exists in the first place.
He was the father of the Playstation, but that doesn't mean that he deserve to be father any longer after his recent screw-ups. If Ken leads the developement for ps4, then that would be bad news imo. He doesn't listen to other people's suggestions.
 
Apr 11, 2006
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Doesn't anyone remember SCEA President Steve Race resigning just before Playstation launched in the US back in 95? Ironically, the rumor was he quit because of disagreements over the long-term pricing of the Playstation.
 

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mrwilt said:
Doesn't anyone remember SCEA President Steve Race resigning just before Playstation launched in the US back in 95? Ironically, the rumor was he quit because of disagreements over the long-term pricing of the Playstation.

It was after the launch IIRC...Race quit in 1996
 
May 24, 2005
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PR guy leaves Sony
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GAF: :lol Sony's dead now!

Rational person: You've never even heard of this guy before, and people leave companies all the time. Do you people remember the major shakeup at Nintendo that happened just a few years ago?

GAF: Umm well..... maybe you should work for them SDF dude! :lol