The German games industry mourns Uwe Bassendowski: The long-time Managing Director of Sony Interactive Entertainment has passed away.
His public appearances and interviews were few and far between – but for decades he was considered one of the most influential top managers in the games industry in German-speaking countries. As it became known today, Uwe Bassendowski died unexpectedly at the age of 60.
We received the following statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment Germany in the late afternoon: “We are deeply shocked by the news that a beloved member of our PlayStation family, Uwe Bassendowski, Managing Director DACH & Vice President of Central & Eastern Europe, has unfortunately passed away. For those of us who were lucky enough to know Uwe, his loss is profound. We will miss him dearly, and our prayers and condolences go to his entire family. We appreciate every support in this difficult time. “
Bassendowski had been working for Sony Interactive (then: Sony Computer Entertainment) since 1999 and, as Commercial Director, accompanied the distribution of the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 in German-speaking countries. Since 2005 he has headed the German branch as Managing Manager and was responsible for the market launch of the PlayStation 3 (2006), PlayStation 4 (2013) and PlayStation 5 (2020) as well as for dozens of blockbuster brands – God of War, The Last Of Us, Great tourism, Uncharted, Horizon and many more.
Together with Sony PlayStation boss Jim Ryan and Executive Vice President Simon Rutter, Bassendowski forms the management of Sony Interactive Entertainment Deutschland GmbH, based in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt / Main. The branch responsible for Germany, Austria and Switzerland employs almost 90 people and recently achieved sales of around 430 million euros.