This week during the IGA electronics show in Beron, Sony’s CEO, Howard Stringer, announced that since the PlayStation Network was hacked back in April 2011, three million new users have signed up for the service. And, in terms of pre-existing users, over ninety percent have returned since the service came back online.
“This year, we at Sony have been flooded, we’ve been flattened, we’ve been hacked, we’ve been singed,” Stringer said, but assured users that, “the summer of discontent is behind us”. Emphasizing that PSN is “more secure and better than ever,” he continued, saying that sales on the service have exceeded what they were before the massive hack. Many other Sony employees are also showing that the hack is behind them; in July, Media Molecule’s creative director, Mark Healey, said that the outage helped the Little Big Planet developer. “Because Sony offered LBP1 as a freebie, the number of people in the game’s online community rocketed up.”
Little Big Planet was one of the many games Sony offered when they brought back the PlayStation Network service. Other games offered were: inFamous, Dead Nation, Wipeout HD: Fury, Little Big Planet PSP, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Killzone Liberation. Sony also offered thirty free days of their PlayStation Plus service to existing users.