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#TECHVIBES: Google hires former Microsoft, Sony gaming veteran as new vice president

The extent of Google’s current gaming reach is mostly limited to its YouTube Gaming streaming service and of course the Play Store with Android and Daydream VR games.

However, the company might have a more direct interest in the space with the hire of gaming veteran Phil Harrison.

Harrison announced yesterday that he started a new role as vice president and general manager at Google out of California.

However, it’s unclear what division he is now leading or what organization it belongs to.
His long history in gaming began as a designer followed by a long 15-year career at Sony.

Starting in 1992, Harrison held various leadership roles, including third-party relations and research and development.

Playing a role on the PlayStation, he eventually came to manage several development studios as Sony Entertainment’s president of worldwide studios.

His arrival at Google suggests some similar content oversight role. Of course, the company is more known for interactive experiences — like ATAP’s Spotlight Stories — and building out technology rather than traditional game development.

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