It’s been a big week in the video games world.
Playstation 5, one of the most anticipated games consoles in recent memory, was released in Europe today (November 19) after launching in the US, Japan and other key global markets seven days ago.
MBW has learned that Sony Music Entertainment’s Senior Director Production & Design, Adam Orth (pictured inset), has been laid off by the major music company.
Los Angeles-based Orth, a respected veteran of the interactive entertainment industry, was believed to have been working on Sony Music’s secret gaming-related project.
In May, MBW revealed that Sony Music was hiring for an in-house team to to work on gaming-related project specifically “dedicated to reimagining music through immersive media”, with a specialism in working with Fortnite maker Epic Games’ Unreal Engine.
MBW understands that development of that project will continue in Orth’s absence.
Orth only joined Sony Music in October 2019, having previously held positions at companies like Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Lucasarts and PopCap Games.
In July, Sony made a strategic investment of $250 million in Epic Games via a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.
Sony Music declined to comment on this story.Music Business Worldwide