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Sony Changing its legal name

Over the last week, we have been getting reports of e-mail notifications that point out that Sony, and more specifically SCEA is planning on switching its online operations to a new company name: SNEA (Sony Network Entertainment of America). In this e-mail, Sony explains it will be transfering its online services, including wallet funds. The shift marks Sony's latest move to unifiy and enhance integration across its broad set of services. Sony has posted its terms of service here if you want to give it a read, but aside from the obvious name change, there does not seem to be a groundbreaking switch:

An important message to you from the PlayStation(R)Network team at Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.

On April 1, 2011, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (“SCEA”) will transfer its online services operations, including your wallet and the funds in it, to Sony Network Entertainment America Inc. (“SNEA”). The first time you sign in to your Sony Online Services account on or after April 1, you will be asked to enter into a new Terms of Service and User Agreement with SNEA. If you do not wish to enter into a contract with SNEA, you may decline the terms of service and we will close your account(s) and return your funds. You can preview the new Terms of Service and User Agreement with SNEA at:

PlayStation(R)Network will continue to provide you with the highest standard of interactive entertainment. Your access to the best games, movies, TV shows, music and friends will remain intact. Thank you very much for being part of the PlayStation(R)Network online community! We look forward to continuing to bring you the best in innovative online entertainment!

Your PlayStation(R)Network password and Sign-on ID (USERNAME) is required to sign in to your Sony Online Services
account. Please go to to ensure your account information
is accurate and updated.

The PlayStation(R)Network Team


“PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks and “PS3 and “PlayStation Network” are trademarks of
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (C) 2011 Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
919 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404

The odd URLs still redirect to Sony official pages. Some people had rumored that this is a move that would allow Sony to charge for its playstation network services. We would not like that, however, it would make sense that Sony would make the switch to a paid service for its online gaming services in light of all that has happened with its flagship console, the PS3, being hacked to pieces at the beginning of this year.

Only time will tell, but so far this rumor does not seem too far fetched to become a reality. Let us know what you guys think!!

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-3 Shawn 2011-03-25 20:26 #7
Maybe with the paid online service PSN can become half as good as xboxlive. I mean prolly not, but 50% marker would be a nice improvement.
0 pyro 2011-03-25 18:03 #6
Uhhhhhhhhh I thought this is a email scam...........
Remember people in VgChartz reminding others to not open the link....
April 1st? Fools day much?
0 Wolf26pack 2011-03-25 16:09 #5
I really don't think this is the case at all. ;-) Here is what I think...

Sony's Online division was fragmented and not very cohesive & with the recent hacking it hasn't made it any easier. Now Sony has added more Network Security staff to their division and are planning to move everything concerning the PSN to one place; so they can keep better tabs on it, that's pretty much all I see here :roll:
0 web author 2011-03-25 14:45 #4
Quoting Nitpicker:
You know that email has your username in?
Might be safer to censor that bit?

You are right. Thank you for pointing that out, it has been removed
0 dox 2011-03-25 13:11 #3
Silly conjecture. Sony can charge for Psn without changing its name.
0 Nitpicker 2011-03-25 10:19 #2
You know that email has your username in?
Might be safer to censor that bit?
0 xino 2011-03-25 06:11 #1
I won't be surprised if the name change was linked to the the court case:/

but i doubt it

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