Experience gaming executive Nicola Sebastiani has left PlayStation Studios after two years. He helped Sony establish its mobile division and build a growth strategy in this area.
Sebastiani didn’t announce his decision publicly, but information appeared on his LinkedIn page (thanks, Mobilegamer.biz). It is unclear what the next chapter of his professional journey will be, but he noted that he will “pursue a new, undisclosed opportunity.”
Prior to joining PlayStation Studios in 2021, Sebastiani worked at Apple for nearly eight years. He served as App Store’s head of games business and Apple Arcade’s head of content. Sebastiani also worked at Ubisoft and currently remains a board member at indie publisher Raw Fury.
In the past two years as the vice president and head of mobile at PlayStation Studios, he has built a “foundational mobile team, including studio, business and product.” Sebastiani also played a key role in the acquisition of Savage Game Studios, which is now working on an announced AAA live service action game for iOS and Android.
Sony first announced its plans to bring more of its core IP to mobile in May 2021. The Savage Game Studios deal was in line with this strategy, and some of PlayStation’s first-party studios have started working on mobile games since then.
On top of that, Sony expects PC and mobile titles to account for around 50% of its first-party portfolio by FY25 (ending March 31, 2026). The company is now also investing heavily in live service games, planning to grow the share of such investments to 60% over the next four years.